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Consent to use Scarabeo 5 in the Norwegian Sea

Consent: Statoil has received consent to use the mobile facility Scarabeo 5 for drilling and completion of production wells on Morvin.

Morvin lies approx. 20 kilometres north of the Kristin field and 15 kilometres west of the Åsgard field (see map).

Location of Morvin

Statoil will drill and complete up to four wells in two subsea templates on the seabed which will be connected to Åsgard B using an approx. 20 kilometre long pipeline.

The consent applies to the wells 6506/11-A-1 H, A-2 H, A-3 H and 6506/11-B-3 H. The water depth at the site is about 350 metres.

Planned start-up of the drilling activities is in December 2009. The activity has an estimated duration of 390 days.

Scarabeo 5 is a mobile drilling facility built in Italy at the Fincantieri Shipyards Genoa, and was completed in 1990. It is operated by Saipem Norwegian Branch (Saipem).

The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in May 2003 (link).