StatoilHydro awarded North Sea drilling consents

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has awarded StatoilHydro consent to conduct exploration drilling of well 30/9-22 in the Oseberg area using the Polar Pioneer.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER -- The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has awarded StatoilHydro consent to conduct exploration drilling of well 30/9-22 in the Oseberg area using the Polar Pioneer. Start-up is planned for this month and is expected to last for 49 days.

The company has also been granted consent to conduct exploration drilling of the wells 30/3-10S and sidetrack 30/3-10A using theWest Alpha. Drilling is scheduled to start as soon as the vessel has completed the drilling of exploration well 30/11-7.

01/08/2009

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