Statoil ASA (Statoil) has received consent to drill an exploration well in block 7435/12 in the Barents Sea.

The well is to be drilled in a prospect named Korpfjell in block 7435/12 in the Barents Sea. The drilling site is in the northern sector of the Barents Sea South-East area, 37 kilometres from the Russian boundary and 415 kilometres from the Norwegian mainland.

The drilling location's geographical coordinates will be:

74° 04' 18.12" North
35° 48' 30.96" East
Water depth at the site is 253 metres.

The drilling is estimated to last for 30 days, starting in late June.

The well is to be drilled by Songa Enabler, which is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the CAT D type. Songa Enabler was delivered by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, and is owned and operated by Songa Offshore. The facility is registered in Norway and classified by DNV GL.

Songa Enabler was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in July 2016.