Statoil has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 7324/2-1 Apollo in production licence 615 in the Barents Sea using the Transocean Spitsbergen mobile drilling rig.
Water depth at the site is approx. 430 metres.
Drilling is planned to begin in May 2014, with a duration of around 31 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
Transocean Spitsbergen is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Aker H-6e type. It was built at the Aker Stord yard in 2009, is registered in the Bahamas and classified by DnV. It received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in July 2009 (under its then name of Aker Spitsbergen).
Press Release, May 05, 2014