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Deepsea Bergen started the HPHT drilling program for OMV Norge on the Hades/Iris Project

Deepsea Bergen spudded the exploration well 6506 / 11-10 in the Hades / Iris license for OMV Norge on 28.11.2017

 The well is located at the Haltenbanken area in the Norwegian Sea, approx. 280 km north of Kristiansund and 300 km west of Brønnøysund with a water depth of 342 meters.   The duration of the drilling program may be up to approximately 140 days and, in the event of a discovery, OMV expects to find oil in Hades and gas / condensate in Iris reservoir. It is not planned to perform testing at this stage. 

The well is a so-called HPHT well, which means drilling through formations with high pressure and high temperature where oil-based drilling mud will be used in the reservoir sections. Hades and Iris are two different reservoirs, and drilling is planned through Hades and on to the Iris reservoir where the highest temperature and pressure are expected.

If hydrocarbons are found in the Iris prospect, OMV will consider doing a sidetrack well to identify any commercial resources. A decision on drilling of a sidetrack will be based on data collection from the main well. A sidetrack drilling is estimated to take up to 67 days.   Upon completion of the drilling campaign for OMV, Deepsea Bergen will mobilize directly to an exploration well for Statoil in a project called "Lille Prinsen".