GDF Suez approved for Barents Sea exploratory drilling

Source: Petroleum Safety Authority

GDF SUEZ received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 7124/4-1S&A in the Barents Sea with the Aker Barents semisubmersible drilling rig

The consent relates to the drilling of an exploration well in Production License 530, with a possible sidetrack. The well is located approximately 53 nautical miles north of Hammerfest and about 95 nautical miles north-northwest of Banak, in waters measuring 302 meters deep.

Drilling is scheduled to start in August 2011, and the duration of the activity is estimated at to last 55 days (plus another 22 days in the event of a sidetrack).

Aker Barents is a so-called 6th generation semi-submersible drilling facility constructed according to the H-6e concept for drilling operations at water depths of up to 3000 metres and in Arctic regions. The facility was delivered as a new construction during the summer of 2009, built by Aker Solutions at the Stord yard in Norway.

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