PSA approves Norway drilling plans

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has approved Det Norske Oljeselskap’s request to use the Iceland Enforcer for operations in the Norwegian Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO -- Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has approved Det Norske Oljeselskap’s request to use the Iceland Enforcer for operations in the Norwegian Sea.

The vessel will install casing anchor nodes, conductor casing and wellhead protection structure for well 6305/9-2, which will be drilled next month by the semisub AkerBarents.

The location is in production license 468 in the Norwegian Sea, about 115 mi (185 km) north of Kristiansund and around 20 mi (32 km) southeast of the Heidrun field.

Iceland Enforcer is owned and operated by Iceland Offshore Management.

PSA has also cleared Marathon Petroleum Company (Norway) to conduct exploration drilling operations in the central Norwegian North Sea with the semisub Transocean Winner. The rig will drill exploration well 24/9-10 S in license PL 340/340 BS. The program will comprise a directional wellbore, and, depending on the outcome, a sidetrack.

The location is around 120 mi (193 km) west of Stavanger, in a water depth of roughly 120 m (393 ft). PSA says the operation, due to get under way this month, will last 26-41 days, depending on whether the sidetrack is drilled.

10/18/2010

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