OSLO, Norway -- Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved two new drilling programs in the Norwegian Sea.
Statoil Petroleum is authorized to drill exploration well 6407/4-2 on the prospect in license PL 429, using the semisubTransocean Leader. The location is 146 km (90.7 mi) from Stokkøya in Sør-Trøndelag district.
Drilling operations, due to start this month, should last around 61 days.
BP Norge has consent to use the Transocean semisubPolar Pioneer for production drilling on the Skarv field development between April 2011 and May 2013.
Skarv is 35 km (21.7 mi) southwest of the Norne field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. The field is being developed via an FPSO, with seabed templates. Production is scheduled start later this year.