Norwegian operators win approval for North Sea, Barents drilling

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has authorized GDF SUEZ Norge to drill an exploration well in the Barents Sea.

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OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has authorized GDF SUEZ Norge to drill an exploration well in the Barents Sea.

The harsh environment semisubmersible rig Aker Barents will drill well 7124/4-1 S in production license 530 after completing wildcat well 6508/1-2 for Det Norske Oljeselskap in PL 482.

GDF Suez Norge’s license takes in blocks 7123/6 and 7124/4. The well will be drilled 100 km (62 mi) north of Hammerfest and 70 km (43 mi) northeast of the Goliat field.

In the North Sea, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Statoil’s request to deploy the Songa Dee for a drilling program on the Gullfaks satellites that could last up to six years. The consent relates to the Gullfaks Sør D, E, F, G, L, M wells; Gullveig K, Rimfaks H, I, J and Skinfaks.

Songa Dee’s program will include permanent plugback of existing wells, as well as drilling, sidetrack drilling and completion of new wells. It may also be used for installation of new subsea templates with drilling and completion of new wells.

Water depth at the site ranges from 133-140 m (436-459 ft).

09/01/2011

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