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Drilling north of Kristin

January 29, 2001, 08:30 CET

An exploration well is being drilled for Statoil by Scarabeo 5 north of the group’s Kristin field in the Norwegian Sea.

Targeted at a separate structure in the 134 B licence, this operation aims to check whether gas and condensate are present. It is due to take 96 days to reach a depth of 5,000 metres.

“The results of this well could be significant for further development of Kristin,” comments sector manager Ørjan Birkeland.

Before the Saipem-operated rig laid a course for the Norwegian Sea, it was upgraded to drill for Statoil and Shell in structures with high temperature and pressure.

Shell is due to use the unit later on a well which has similarities with the current operation.