OSLO -- Statoil has consent from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway for development drilling in the Norwegian Sea, using the semisubmersible West Alpha
The rig will be used for well 6507/3-L-4 H/AH on the Alve field in production license 159 B, which is being developed with subsea facilities.
Statoil says the well will be drilled in a water depth of 368 m (1,207 ft), initially to test the oil/water contact in an adjacent formation. The lower part of the well then will be permanently plugged and a production well drilled and completed using a sidetrack into the producing formation.
This will be tied in to the production facility on the Norne field, around 16 km (9.9 mi) northeast of Alve. The program is expected to take 60-75 days to complete.
West Alpha is a Dyvi Drilling Ultra Yatzy type semi, built in 1986, and owned and operated by Seadrill Offshore.