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Semi spuds Erlend structure off Norway

The semi Transocean Arctic has started drilling an exploration well in the Erlend structure just a few miles west of the Kristin field on Norway's Halten Bank. Purpose of the drilling is to prove gas and condensate in the northern part of the Erlend structure. The well is being drilled in Production License 257, which was awarded in the 16th Licensing Round. Total depth of the well will be around 16,405 feet, which is estimated to take 76 days. A minor gas find previously was made in the southern part of the structure. Exploration also is taking place in the M prospect 7.4 miles north of the Kristin field. Plans call for the dynamically positioned semi Scarabeo 5 to complete this drilling at the end of April. Licensees are considering developing the Kristin field with a production platform fully equipped with processing facilities for gas and condensate. The aim is to present the plan for development and operation to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in June.