Cairn Commences Drilling Ops Offshore Greenland

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Cairn Energy commenced exploratory drilling of well Alpha-1 on the Alpha prospect in the Sigguk Block. The Stena Don semisub and the Stena Forth drillship will perform drilling operations for the multi-well program offshore Greenland. The operator is targeting the Alpha and T8 exploration prospects, both in water depths ranging in 984 to 1,640 feet (300 to 500 meters). The wells have planned targeted depths of 13,780 and 10,663 feet (4,200 and 3,250 meters), and are anticipated to take 55 and 38 days, respectively. Each well is being drilled using a pilot hole through the initial top-hole section. The Disko West licenses are located 124 miles (200 kilometers) from shore and span a total area of more than 5.8 million acres (23,815 square kilometers). Cairn Energy holds a 77.5% operating-interest in two blocks in the West Disko area, Nunaoil holds a 12.5% stake and Petronas International has a 10% stake.

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