StatoilHydro Obtains Permit to Drill Noatun with West Alpha

StatoilHydro has been granted a permit to conduct exploration drilling with the rig West Alpha on well 6407/7-8 (Noatun), located in the Norwegian Sea about 16 kilometers north of the Njord field. Drilling is expected to last 105 days.

West Alpha is an Ultra Yatzy semisub built in 1986. The rig has been modified several times and is rated for water depths up to 2,500 feet. It was contracted by Statoil, first on the Heidrun field in June 2003 and then on the Kristin field from January 2004, where it has operated until 2007. The facility is registered in Panama with Det Norske Veritas as classification society.

West Alpha is operated by Seadrill. The rig received an Acknowledgement of Compliance in December 2001.

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