PSA Gives Go Ahead to Hydro to Use the Bideford Dolphin at Vilje

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has granted Norsk Hydro consent for use of the Bideford Dolphin for production drilling on the Vilje field.

The Vilje field is located in the North Sea, north of the Heimdal field. The licensees in the production license are Norsk Hydro Produksjon a.s (operator), Marathon Petroleum Norge AS and Total E&P Norge AS.

On March 18, 2005, the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of Vilje was approved by the King in Council. The field will be developed with two seabed structures which will be connected to the production facility (production ship) on the Alvheim field, approximately 19 kilometers southwest of Vilje.

Oil and associated gas will be transported in a pipeline, 19 kilometers southwest to the production ship at Alvheim for further processing and transport.

The consent includes drilling of two top holes and a pilot well. Start-up is expected in December 2005. The duration of the activities is expected to be 65 days.

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