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Equinor Given Consent for Exploration Drilling in Block 7219/9

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 9/13/2019, Location: Europe

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has given Equinor consent for exploration drilling in Block 7219/9 in the Barents Sea. Well 7219/9-3 is part of production licence PL 532, for which Equinor is the operator. The well will be drilled to test a prospect named 'Mist'.

The drilling location is in the Barents Sea, around 22 kms south-southeast of the Johan Castberg field.

The geographical coordinates are: 72 17' 23.03" N 19 59' 56.43" E. Water depth at the site is 326 metres.

Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-October 2019 and is expected to last for 39 days.

Well 7219/9-3 will be drilled by the Transocean Enabler mobile drilling facility.

Transocean Enabler (formerly Songa Enabler) is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the CAT D type. It was delivered by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, is registered in Norway and classified by DNV-GL.

Transocean Enabler was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in June 2019.

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