STAVANGER, Norway -- The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has granted Marathon Petroleum Norge AS (MPN) consent to drill exploration well 24/9-9 S using the semisub Songa Dee. Water depth at the site is 120 m (394 ft).
The drilling is scheduled to start in September/October and has an estimated duration of 36-53 days.
StatoilHydro has received consent to drill a well southeast of 6608/10-4 (Norne) using the semisub Ocean Vanguard. The 33-day drilling program is scheduled to begin this month.