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August 16, 2018

Norway’s approves exploration well drilling by Equinor and Wintershall

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has granted approvals to Equinor and Wintershall to drill exploration wells 35/11-22 S and 6706/6-2, respectively.

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has granted approvals to Equinor and Wintershall to drill exploration wells 35/11-22 S and 6706/6-2, respectively.

Equinor is the operator for production licence 248C, while Wintershall is the operator of production licence 847.

Equinor’s aim in drilling exploration well 35/11-22 S is to probe the Bergand prospect. The well is located in the North Sea, around 63km from Utvær, in Solund municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county.

The location has a water depth of 355m. Drilling is slated to commence this month and will take 48 days, based on whether it leads to discovery.

This well will be drilled by Deepsea Bergen, a semi-submersible, mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-3.2 type that was developed at Aker Verdal in 1983.

This drilling facility is owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling and is categorised by DNV GL and registered in Norway.

“The drilling facility, which was developed at the Aker Stord yard in 2009, is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Marshall Islands.”

In December 2001, PSA issued Deepsea Bergen an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC).

Wintershall has received the consent to drill exploration well 6706/6-2, which intends to probe the Marisko prospect. The well is located in the Norwegian Sea and drilling is slated to commence in September and for either 61 days or 93 days if a discovery is made.

The exploration well will be drilled by Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type, owned and operated by Transocean Offshore.

The drilling facility, which was developed at the Aker Stord yard in 2009, is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Marshall Islands.

The PSA issued a new AoC to Transocean Spitsbergen in November 2012 following a change in ownership.

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