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08/10/2007 Press Release 37/2007:BG Norge AS, operator of production licence 335, has completed drilling of wildcat well 7/7-4. The well is located close to the Norway/UK  border, about 50 km north of the Ula field in the North Sea. The water depth at the well location is 83 m.

The purpose of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in the Paleocene Forties unit. 68 m of Forties reservoir sands were encountered at a depth of 2760 m in the well but they were water bearing.

The well is the first exploration well drilled in production picence 335. The licence was awarded in APA 2004 (Awards in Predefined Areas). The well was drilled to a depth of 3033 m MD, and was terminated in the top Ekofisk Formation. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 7/7-4 was drilled using the Mærsk Guardian drilling rig. This rig will now move to PL 274 to drill an exploration well operated by DONG.

The licensees in production licence 335 are:

BG Norge AS (operatør) 52 %
Lundin Norge 18 %
RWE DEA Norge AS 12 %
Bridge Energy AS 18%



Contact in the NPD:
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel.: +47 51 87 61 00

Updated: 12/01/2010