Total Gets Green Light for Norwegian Sea Drilling

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Norway's National Petroleum Directorate has approved a request by Total E&P Norge AS to carry out exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea, specifically well 6406/8-2.

The drilling activity will be carried out using the semisub, Ocean Vanguard. The rig was commissioned in 1982 by Trosvik Verksted AS. Tt has subsequently undergone a number of upgrades and is classified by Det Norsk Veritas. The Ocean Vanguard received the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's Acknowledgement of Compliance on July 2, 2004.

Well 6406/8-2 is located in the Norwegian Sea, approximately 35 km northwest of Njord. It is part of production license 323, operated by Total, and with Statoil ASA, ENI Norge AS, and A/S Norske Shell as the other licensees.

The activity will commence after the Ocean Vanguard completes an assignment for Statoil in the latter part of July 2006, at the earliest.

The activity is expected to last for 110 days if the well is dry. The time estimate includes permanent plugging of the well.

If a discovery is made, the planned activities include testing of two zones, which will extend the duration of the drilling activity.

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