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Consent to carry out exploration drilling with Transocean Winner - well 25/11-24 S

Norsk Hydro Produksjon a.s has received consent to carry out exploration drilling using the mobile facility Transocean Winner.

lokasjon brønn 25/11-24 SThe semi-submersible drilling facility Transocean Winner is operated by Transocean Offshore (North Sea) LTD NUF. The facility will drill exploration well 25/11-24 S (Midway) southwest of Grane (see map).

The planned wellhead position is
59º 06' 12,7'' N 2º 20' 28,3'' E.

The drilling activity is expected to start in the end of January 2007, after completion of the drilling of exploration well 6507/11-7 (link). If the well is dry, the estimated duration of the activity is 49 days.

No decision has been made regarding production testing of a potential discovery. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss