Nexen Taps West Alpha for North Sea Exploration Activities

Nexen Exploration Norge AS has received consent to conduct exploration drilling in the northern North Sea with Seadrill's West Alpha semisub.

The consent relates to the drilling of well 35/9-5, which is part of production license 419. The well is located between Gjøa and Vega, about 70 km southwest of Florø.

The well has the following geographical coordinates: N 61° 19' 28.90", E 3° 48' 45.19". The water depth at the site is 365 meters.

Planned start-up of drilling is set for December 19, 2009, and the activity has an estimated duration of about 45 days.


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