Norske Shell firms up Norwegian Sea wells

A/S Norske Shell has received consent from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to drill two deepwater exploration wells in the Norwegian Sea using the semi-sub Aker Barents.

Offshore staff 

OSLO -- A/S Norske Shell has received consent from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to drill two deepwater exploration wells in the Norwegian Sea using the semi-sub Aker Barents. 

Both wells will be drilled during May-September. Well 6604/10-1 will be drilled in production license 326 in a water depth of 1,354 m (4,442 ft). The estimated duration is 90-120 days. 

Well 6603/5-1S will be drilled in PL 392, at a location around 400 km (248 mi) west of Sandnessjøen in a water depth of 1,452 m (4,764 ft). Here the duration should be around 122 days. 

Aker Barents is a sixth generation semi-submersible drilling facility constructed in accordance with the H-6e concept for drilling operations in water depths of up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft) and for operations in arctic environments. 

The newly-built rig was completed last year by Aker Solutions at the Stord shipyard in Norway, and is owned by Aker Drilling. 

05/05/2010

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