Gullfaks well program suspended pending review

Statoil has halted drilling and well operations at the Gullfaks field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway -- Statoil has halted drilling and well operations at the Gullfaks field in the Norwegian North Sea. The company has decided to further review its routines for planning and conducting drilling operations.

On Oct. 29, Statoil presented the findings of a report into an incident on May 20 involving the Gullfaks well C-06. The company has discussed the contents of the report with Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (Ptil).

Geir Slora, senior vice president of drilling, said: “We wish to double-check that the ongoing drilling and well operations are in accordance with Statoil’s procedures and the short-term measures that were identified in our internal investigation after the C-06 incident.”

A controlled shut-down of drilling and well operations is under way. Otherwise, production continues as normal from Gullfaks and associated satellite fields.

“We are continuing our dialogue with Ptil and will recommence drilling and well operations as soon as possible,” says Slora.

11/11/2010

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