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Shell Gets Go-Ahead for Norwegian Well

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted A/S Norske Shell a drilling permit for well 6406/9-3, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 6406/9-3 will be drilled from the drilling facility Transocean Barents (UDW semisub) in position 64 degrees 25'15.97" north and 6 degrees 58'42.79" east following completion of drilling of wildcat well 7218/11-1 for Repsol Exploration Norge AS in production license 531.

The drilling program for well 6406/9-3 concerns drilling of a wildcat well in production license 255. A/S Norske Shell is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 percent. The other licensees are Petoro AS with 30 percent, Statoil Petroleum AS with 20 percent and Total E&P Norge AS with 20 percent.

The area in this license consists of parts of blocks 6406/5, 6406/6 and 6406/9. The well will be drilled about 4 miles (7 kilometers) southeast of 6406/9-1 Linnorm.

Production license 255 was awarded May 12, 2000 in the 16th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the sixth well to be drilled in this license.

The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.

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