STAVANGER, Norway — Equinor has contracted the Transocean Spitsbergen semisubmersible to drill nine wells for two field developments in the Norwegian Sea.
Estimated value of the award is NOK2.4 billion ($253 million), including provision of services such as casing running, slop treatment, cuttings handling and two ROVs. There is also an option for two further wells.
Drilling should start in the fall of 2023 with three production wells on the Haltenbanken West Unit, part of the Kristin South area.
Six more producers will follow at Halten East, which will be tied in to the Åsgard Field complex, with the optional two wells drilled potentially at Kristin South during the latter part of the near two-year campaign.
Transocean Spitsbergen has been working for Equinor on a continuous basis since 2019 under a framework agreement.
The sixth-generation dual-derrick winterized semisubmersible is capable of drilling HP/HT formations and is equipped with an automatic drilling control system.
It is performing well completion duties on the Snorre Field in the North Sea.