StatoilHydro to Drill in North Sea's Block 34/10

StatoilHydro has been granted consent to conduct exploration drilling in the northern North Sea using the Deepsea Atlantic semisubmersible drilling rig. The consent applies to drilling of exploration well 34/10-53 S and sidetrack 34/10-53 A on the Gullfaks field.

The well is part of production license 050, and has the following geographical coordinates: N 61º 04' 04.678", E 02º 07' 00.340". The water depth at the location is 137 meters.

The activity is scheduled to start in October 2009. The drilling activity is estimated to last 141 days.