Bredford Dolphin Receives AoC from the Norwegian Safety Authority

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an acknowledgement of compliance (AoC) for the semisub Bredford Dolphin on June 28, 2007.

The rig is a semi-submersible Aker H-3 type which has been operating on the UK continental shelf. Dolphin AS applied for an AoC for the unit on June 8, 2006.

The PSA has assessed Bredford Dolphin and relevant aspects of Dolphin's management system for the type of activity which the company has specified as likely to be pursued by the unit in relation to relevant requirements in the applicable regulations.

This assessment has been carried out in accordance with the guidelines on applications for acknowledgements of compliance issued by the PSA and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate on July 1, 2006.

The validity of this AoC is conditional on Dolphin ensuring that the unit and associated management systems are maintained in such a way that the terms, conditions and specified exemptions in the PSA's decision are satisfied.

Plans call for the unit to be used for operations on the Norwegian continental shelf under a three-year contract with a consortium comprising Det Norske Oljeselskap AS, Pertra AS, Revus Energy ASA, BG Norge Ltd, Endeavour Norge AS, Lundin Norway AS and Marathon Petroleum Norge AS.

Bredford Dolphin has been docked since the third quarter of 2006 for extensive upgrading work, installation of a large amount of new equipment and its five-year main class inspection by Det Norske Veritas.

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