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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with West Epsilon

Statoil ASA (Statoil) has applied for consent to conduct exploration drilling, and possibly completion, of well 30/2-4 S on the Huldra field using the mobile facility West Epsilon.


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The exploration well is part of production license 051, and has the following geographic coordinates:

N 60° 51' 20.97", E 02° 39' 01.17".

If a discovery is made, the well will be completed and converted into a production well. If the well is dry, the well will be permanently plugged*.

Securing a well by installing well barriers. Well barriers may consist of cement plugs, mechanical plugs or a combination thereof. We differentiate between temporary plugging, where plugback of the well is planned, and permanent plugging, where the well is permanently abandoned.

West Epsilon (source: Seadrill)Statoil will use the jack-up drilling facility West Epsilon (pictured), operated by Seadrill Offshore AS (Seadrill), Stavanger, to drill and complete the well.

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway issued an (AoC) for the West Epsilon on 14 February 2003.

Drilling and logging is estimated to take approx. 77 days. A subsequent completion will take approx. 18 days.

The activity will commence after the West Epsilon has completed its ongoing activities on Ragnarrock and a visit to the shipyard in Ølen. The earliest start date will be in mid/late October 2007.

We have granted Statoil consent pursuant to its application on 28 September 2007.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss