PSA approves three Norwegian well programs

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Nexen Exploration Norge’s request to drill an exploratory well in the Norwegian Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway -- Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Nexen Exploration Norge’s request to drill an exploratory well in the Norwegian Sea.

Well 6507/8-8 will be drilled by the semisub Songa Delta in production license PL434 on the Haltenbanken, 205 km (127 mi) northwest of Ørlandet. Water depth at the site is 329 m (1,079 ft).

Nexen aims to start drilling in mid-January, with the operation likely to take up to 72 days.

PSA has also given consent to Marathon Petroleum Norge to drill an exploration well in PL 505 in the North Sea, 40 km (24.8 mi) south of the Heimdal field, in a water depth of 329 m, using the semisub Transocean Winner.

Well 25/10-11 could get under way at the end of December – drilling could take up to 145 days if discoveries are made, leading to the need for additional evaluation and formation testing.

Finally, PSA has cleared Talisman Energy Norge to drill three sidetrack wells on Varg A using the Mærsk Guardian.

The Varg field is in the southern Norwegian North Sea, 230 km (143 mi) west of Jæren, and is in PL 038. The field has been in production since December 1998.

The purpose of the drilling is partly to sustain current production by drilling into new reservoir areas. Drilling should get under way at the turn of the year.

12/28/2010

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