OSLO, Norway – Statoil has permission from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill an exploration well 6 km (3.7 mi) northwest of the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea.
The semisubmersible Transocean Spitsbergen will drill well 6706/12-2 in production license 218. This will be the fifth well on the concession since it was awarded in February 1996.
Deliveries of the four Cat D rigs should go forward as scheduled for mobilization to Norway. Statoil has contracted each rig for eight years firm.