OSLO (Thomson Financial) - StatoilHydro said it was the highest bidder on 16 Chukchi Sea leases offshore Alaska, including 14 of them in partnership with Italy's ENI.
The Norwegian firm, which will be operator of all the leases, said the blocks are located 60 kilometres north of the Burger gas discovery in the Chukchi Sea, an area considered a frontier region with no existing production or infrastructure.
The Chukchi Sea is located offshore Alaska northwest of Prudhoe Bay.
'We will use our experience and competence from 30 years of oil and gas operations in harsh environments on the Norwegian continental shelf on the awarded leases,' said Bill Maloney, StatoilHydro's senior vice president of Global Exploration.
StatoilHydro already has significant experience of harsh environments, with significant interests offshore Norway, Russia and Canada.
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