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Equinor receives consent for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea

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Equinor is the operator for production licence 857. The Petroleum Safety Authority has now given the company consent to drill exploration well 7132/2-2, which aims to investigate a prospect that has been named ‘Gjøkåsen Deep’.

The location has the following geographical coordinates:

  • 71° 50’ 28.37” N
  • 32° 23’ 17.91” E

Water depth at the site is 304 m.

Well 7132/2-2 is to be drilled by the West Hercules mobile drilling facility. This is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the GVA 7500 type, operated by North Atlantic Drilling.

West Hercules was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2012.

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