ConocoPhillips Granted North Sea Drilling Permit

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS a drilling permit for well 2/9-4 in the North Sea.

The drilling program for wellbore 2/9-4 applies to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 273 in the southern part of the North Sea.

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 35 per cent. The other licensees are StatoilHydro Petroleum AS with an ownership interest of 30 per cent, Wintershall Norge AS with 25 per cent and DONG E&P with 10 per cent.

The acreage in the production licence consists of block 2/9, which was awarded in 2002 (NSA 2001). Wellbore 2/9-4 is the first exploration wellbore to be drilled in the production licence and will be drilled from the drilling facility Maersk Gallant. The well is classified as a HPHT well and is located near the border to the Danish shelf, about 10 kilometres from the Danish oil discovery Hejre.

The drilling permit presumes that other permits and consents required by other authorities are secured before the drilling activity commences.

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