StatoilHydro Gets Thumbs Up to Use Transocean Winner

StatoilHydro has received consent from PSA Norway to conduct exploration drilling using the semisub Transocean Winner.

The consent applies to drilling of well 6507/6-3, which belongs to Production License 212 C. The well is located in the Norwegian Sea, about 160 kilometers off the coast of Vikna in Nord-Trondelag.

The well has the following geographical coordinates:

  • N 65° 38' 58.28"
  • E 07° 55' 37.60"

Water depth at the site is about 400 meters.

Transocean Winner is a third generation semi-submersible drilling facility of the GVA-4000 design, built in 1983 at Gøtaverken Arendal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The semisub is owned by Transocean Offshore and operated by Transocean Offshore (North Sea) Ltd NUF, with headquarters in Stavanger. Transocean Winner received the PSA’s Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in August 2006.

According to the application for consent, drilling will start in August 2008. The drilling operations are expected to take 42 days. The well will be permanently plugged.

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