Agencies approve Norwegian Sea wells

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has approved BG Norge’s plan to drill a wildcat well in the Norwegian Sea from a subsea template on BP’s Skarv field.

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OSLO -- The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has approved BG Norge’s plan to drill a wildcat well in the Norwegian Sea from a subsea template on BP’s Skarv field. The semisub Borgland Dolphin will drill wellbore 6507/5-6 S into a target structure on production license 212.

This will be the seventh exploratory well on the license, awarded in 1996 under Norway’s 15th licensing round. PL 212 comprises parts of blocks 6507/5 and 6507/6. Centrica Energi also has consent to drill an exploration well in the Norwegian Sea, issued in this case by Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.

The company will use the semisub West Alpha to drill well 6407/12-3 in PL 470, at a location around 126 km (78 mi) north of Kristiansand and 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Norske Shell’s Draugen field. Water depth is 288 m (945 ft). Drilling should start shortly, with operations expected to last around 20 days.

4/22/2010

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