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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with West Epsilon

Statoil ASA has received consent to conduct exploration drilling with the mobile facility West Epsilon on well 15/6-9S.

Lokasjon brønn 15/6-9SWell 15/6-9S is part of production license 303 situated in the southern part of the North Sea (see map).

The geographic coordinates of the well are:
58°35'13.30" N,
01°44'34.70" E.

According to the plan, drilling will commence in February 2007. The activity will last for approximately 50 days. Consideration will also be given to drilling a sidetrack (duration approx. 15 days).

The well will be permanently plugged.

The West Epsilon is a jack-up mobile drilling facility operated by Seadrill Offshore AS, Stavanger. The facility received an (AoC) in February 2003.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss