COSL Pioneer cleared for North Sea well

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Statoil’s request for exploration drilling in the northern Norwegian North Sea, using the semisub COSL Pioneer.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Statoil’s request for exploration drilling in the northern Norwegian North Sea, using the semisub COSL Pioneer.

The rig will drill well 33/12-9S in 132 m (433 ft) water depth in license PL152. The program, which could start this month, will last for around 72 days.

In the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has confirmed that a GDF Suez E&P-operated wildcat was a dry hole.

Operator of production license 530 has completed drilling of wildcat.

Well 7124/4-1 S was drilled on PL 530 by the semisub Aker Barents in 303 m (994 ft) water depth, around 70 km (43 mi) northeast of the Goliat field.

This was the first well on the license, awarded in 2009.

Aker Barents is heading to PL 518 in the Barents Sea to drill well 7121/9-1 for Dong E&P Norge.

10/14/2011

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