Norway issues well clearance for Repsol, Statoil

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has sanctioned use of the semisubmersible Transocean Barents for an exploratory well in the Barents Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has sanctioned use of the semisubmersible Transocean Barents for an exploratory well in the Barents Sea.

Well 7218/11-1 will be drilled on license PL 531, which is operated by Repsol. Drilling is expected to start during the current quarter and last about 48 days, depending on whether a discovery results. Water depth is about 325 m (1,066 ft).

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has authorized Statoil Petroleum to drill a wildcat in the central Norwegian North Sea using the semisubSonga Trym, which is undergoing an extended program of work at a yard in Norway.

Well 16/8-3 S will be drilled on PL 360, which comprises parts of blocks 16/5 and 16/6, and blocks 16/8 and 16/9. The location will be roughly 11 km (6.8 mi) southeast of the 16/8-2 well, and 17 km (10.6 mi) southwest of the 16/9-1 well.

Although this will be the first well on the license in its current form, three previous wells were drilled within the license area by a different consortium.

2/6/2013

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