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Consent to carry out exploration drilling on Haltenbanken with Transocean Winner

Norsk Hydro Produksjon a.s (Hydro) has received consent to carry out exploration drilling with the mobile facility Transocean Winner on Haltenbanken off the coast of Mid-Norway.

Hydro's application for consent covers drilling of exploration well 6507/11-7 in the Trøndelag I area (see map). This well is part of production license 263.

lokasjon brønn 6507/11-7

The planned geographic location of the wellhead is 65° 10' 54.2" N, 7° 21' 53.7" E.

The expected start date for the drilling activity is around 20 September 2006. The activity is expected to last for about 40 days.

Hydro has previously secured consent to exploration drilling and use of Transocean Winner on Fram (link). Well 6507/11-7 will be drilled after drilling of well 35/11-14 S is concluded.

Transocean Winner is a third generation semi-submersible drilling facility of GVA-4000 design, built in 1983 at Gøtaverken Arendal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The facility is owned by Transocean Offshore, and operated by Transocean Offshore (North Sea) Ltd NUF, headquartered in Stavanger.

The Transocean Winner received the (link).

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss