OSLO, Norway --Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has approved plans for three exploration wells on the Norwegian shelf.
The jackupMaersk Guardian will drill well 2/9/4 in the southern North Sea for ConocoPhillips Skandanavia, once the rig has finished an assignment for the same operator on North Ekofisk.
The location is in 70 m (230 ft) of water in production license PL 273, around 263 km (163 mi) offshore Rauna. Drilling should take around 235 days.
Also in the North Sea, BG Norge will use the jackupMaersk Guardian to drill well 15/12-P in PL 292, in 85 m (279 ft) water depth. The duration should be around 64 days.
In the Haltenbanken, off mid-Norway, the Seadrill semisubmersibleWest Alpha should take around 45 days to drill well 6507/11-9 in PL 263.