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Marathon becoming Vilje oil field operator

Statoil is transferring operatorship of Vilje oil field offshore Norway to Marathon Oil Norge, effective Sept. 1 if approved by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

The field, in 120 m of water, produces from two subsea wells into a production vessel on Alvheim field, operated by Marathon, 20 km southwest.

Statoil, with 28.85% interest in the PL 036D license, expects Vilje to produce 21,000 b/d of oil this year. Statoil holds a 46.9% interest, and Total E&P Norge, 24.24%.

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