OSLO -- The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has cleared Talisman Energy to drill a sidetrack in production license 038 D in the Norwegian North Sea.
Well 15/12-23 A will be drilled by theTransocean Winner 15 km (9.3 mi) north of the Varg field after the rig has completed an appraisal well for Talisman in the same license.
The license area covers the northern part of block 15/12. It was awarded last May under Norway’s 20th licensing round.
Another operator, RWE Dea Norge, has Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway’s consent to drill an exploratory well in the Halten Terrace area of the Norwegian Sea. The semisubBredford Dolphin will drill well 6507/7-14S on the Zidane 1 prospect in 369 m (1,210 ft) of water, 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Statoil’s Heidrun field.
Operations were due to start at the end of last month, continuing for 81-105 days depending on the outcome of the well.
PSA Norway has also approved BP Norge’s plan to extend the use of the semisubBorgland Dolphin, which has been working on the Skarv field development in the Norwegian Sea.
The rig’s remit now is extended to include two production wells on Skarv/Idun, and an optional four production wells on the Tilje structure.
Skarv is 35 km (22 mi) southwest of Norne in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. Development, based on an FPSO, involves a unitization of the Skarv and Idun discoveries.