STAVANGER --Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has cleared ConocoPhillips to dispose of seven platform facilities in the Ekofisk area.
The installations are Ekofisk 2/4-R, Ekofisk 2/4-P, Albuskjell 2/4-F, Vest Ekofisk 2/4-D, Albuskjell 1/6-A, Cod 7/11-A, and Edda 2/7-C. Following removal, all will be transported to Vats in Vindafjord (Rogaland County) for final disposal. The program should be completed in 2013.
PSA has also approved plans by Det Norske Oljeselskap to drill an exploration well (6507/3-6) in production license 383 in the Norwegian Sea. The semisubmersibleBredford Dolphin will spud the well this month. The expected duration in the event of a discovery is 45 days.
Bredford Dolphin is a third-generation Aker H-3 rig, built by Aker Engineering in 1976, owned by Fred Olsen and operated by Dolphin.