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Consent to use Transocean Searcher on Gjøa

Consent: StatoilHydro has received consent to use the mobile facility Transocean Searcher to conduct drilling and completion operations on six production wells on the Gjøa field.

Map (source: StatoilHydro)Gjøa (map) is a gas and oil field located about 65 kilometres southwest of Florø, about 45 kilometres west of Sognefjorden and 70 kilometres northeast of Troll B. StatoilHydro is the operator for the development phase, while Gaz de France will assume operatorship when production starts.

The water depth at Gjøa is about 360 metres.

The six wells will be drilled and completed prior to production start-up in the course of the autumn of 2010.

Transocean Searcher (formerly Ross Isle) is of the Bingo 3000 design, built in 1983. The facility is operated by Transocean Offshore North Sea Ltd NUF. Following modifications, Transocean Searcher is equipped to complete subsea wells and is designed to operate in the North Sea all year round at depths of 60m to 450m.

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