Smedvig Secures Contract for West Alpha

Friday, March 14, 2003
A letter of intent has been awarded to Smedvig by Statoil for the assignment of the fourth generation drilling rig West Alpha. The contract includes drilling of two water injection wells at the Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea, with an option for additional 30 days. The estimated contract value for the firm part of the contract is approximately $ 15 million. The drilling period is estimated to approximately five months. Start-up of operations is scheduled for the second part of June, after completion of the assignment for Pertra. West Alpha is currently drilling for Britannia at the U.K. continental shelf.

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