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Consent to exploration drilling with the Transocean Leader

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has granted consent to A/S Norske Shell for exploration drilling in production license 255 on Haltenbanken using the mobile rig Transocean Leader (photo). The consent applies to drilling of exploration well 6406/9-1 and is an extension of a consent granted in March 2004.

Unforeseen circumstances have led to postponement, and the activity will last until 10 April 2005, depending on exploration results and progress.

Well 6406/9-1 is a vertical exploration well located on Haltenbanken, about 25 km northwest of Njord.

Link to well facts.

The Transocean Leader is a semi-submersible mobile drilling rig delivered in 1987 from Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. The rig is operated by Transocean Offshore.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority:
Mike Theiss