Bredford Dolphin to Spin Bit for BG in North Sea

BG Norge AS has received consent to conduct exploration drilling in the northern North Sea using the Bredford Dolphin semisub. The consent relates to the drilling of exploration well 34/5-1, which is located in the Tampen area, about 25 km north-northeast of Snorre, and is part of production license 374S.

The well has the following geographical coordinates: N 61° 44' 32.21", E 2° 35' 53.09". The water depth at the site is approximately 380 meters.

The plan is to commence drilling towards the end of December 2009. The activity has an expected duration of 75 days (dry well). If a discovery is made, the duration will be about 178 days (sidetrack drilling, logging, testing).