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Friday, August 19, 2011

Statoil Primes Bit for North Sea Drilling

- Statoil Primes Bit for North Sea Drilling

Friday, August 19, 2011
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 15/8-2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 15/8-2 will be drilled from the COSLPioneer drilling facility, at position 58°24'55.1"N 01°32'49.90"E. COSLPioneer is a new drilling facility that was built in China. The facility was docked at Sandnes this summer to be prepared for its first assignment on the Norwegian shelf.

The drilling program for well 15/8-2 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production license 303. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with a 100 percent ownership interest.

The area in this license consists of a part of block 15/2 and parts of blocks 15/3, 15/5, 15/6 and 15/8. The well will be drilled about ten kilometers west of the Sleipner Vest field in the central part of the North Sea.

Production license 303 was awarded on December 12, 2003 (APA 2003). This is the seventh well to be drilled in the license area.

The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

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