OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has issued clearance for two North Sea production drilling programs.
BP Norge has consent to use the jackup Maersk Reacherfor wells on Valhall Flanke Nord and Sør.
Before drilling starts, BP will use the rig for around two months on Flanke Nord as living quarters for 70 personnel working on the Valhall Flanke gas lift project.
The rig will then drill up to four wells on Flanke Nord, and four more on Flanke Sør, over a period of 24 months.
Statoil has permission to use the semisub Ocean Vanguard to drill three production wells on Visund Sør. It plans to partly complete wells 34/8-V-4 BY1H/BY2H, 34/8-V-3 H, and 34/8-V-1 BY1H/BY2H.
Visund Sør is 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of the Visund field, and 125 km (77 mi) offshore in the northern part of the Norwegian North Sea.
The program could start early in August, and should continue for 300 days.