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Consent for exploration drilling for Wintershall

Wintershall has received consent to drill an exploration well in block 35/11.


Wintershall Norge AS (Wintershall) is the operator for production licence 248 in the North Sea. The well will be drilled in a prospect named Orion, with the designation 35/11-19S. The location is around 98 km west-south-west of Florø and has the geographical coordinates:

  • 03o 26' 27.88" E
  • 61o 13' 21.45" N

Water depth at the site is 379 metres. 

The drilling will start in mid-May at the earliest, with an estimated duration of between 47 and 134 days. The duration will depend on whether a discovery is made, which in turn will entail drilling sidetrack wells.

The well will be drilled by Borgland Dolphin, which is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-3 type. The facility is owned by Fred. Olsen Energy ASA and operated by Dolphin Drilling AS. It was built as a flotel in 1977 and refitted/upgraded into a drilling facility in 1999.

Borgland Dolphin was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AOC) by the PSA in September 2004.

The PSA has granted Wintershall consent for the exploration drilling.

Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77