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Statoil granted drilling permit for Norwegian well

Oilfield Technology,

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil a drilling permit for wellbore 7327/9-1.

The wellbore will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 73° 19' 29.28'' north and 24° 50' 24.24'' east.

The drilling programme for wellbore 7324/9-1 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 614. Statoil is the operator with an ownership interest of 60%.

The other licensee is Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (40%). The area in this licence consists of blocks 7324/9 and 7325/7. The well will be drilled approximately 20 km southeast of the 7324/8-1 oil discovery and approximately 300 km north of Hammerfest.

Production licence 614 was awarded on 13 May 2011 (21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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