OSLO -- Petroleum Safety Authority has issued its consent for four exploration wells on the Norwegian shelf.
Lundin Norway has been cleared to use the semisubmersible Transocean Winner for well 16/1-13 in the North Sea, and a possible sidetrack. The location is around 170 km (105 mi) west of Stavanger in production license 338. Water depth at the site is around 110 m (361 ft). Operations are due to start in mid-December, with an expected duration of 45 days for the main well and 21 days for the sidetrack.
StatoilHydro will use Diamond Offshore’s semisubOcean Vanguard to drill well 34/4-12 S and sidetrack 34/4-12 A in production license 057, northeast of the Snorre field, in a water depth of 382 m (1,253 ft). Drilling should start next month, after the rig has completed another drilling assignment, and should last around 78 days.
BG Norge has clearance to use the mobile facility Rowan Gorilla VI for a well on PL 297, around 300 km (186 mi) southwest of Stavanger, in water depth of 70 m (229 ft). The estimated duration is 181 days.
Finally, Talisman Energy Norway AS (Talisman) will conduct exploration drilling in the Yme area with the mobile facility Mærsk Guardian. The planned well 9/2-11 is on PL 316 DS, about 110 km (68 mi) southwest of Egersund and 11 km (6.8 mi) north of the Talisman-operated Yme field, in a water depth of around 100 m (328 ft). Start-up is imminent, with drilling activity expected to last for around 50 days.