OSLO, Norway – DEA Norge has permission from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority to drill a shallow gas pilot well on the Dvalin field in the Norwegian Sea.
The Cat D semisubmersibleSonga Encourage will drill the well, with operations set to last two to three days.
Dvalin is a gas field comprising the Dvalin East and Dvalin West structures, northwest of the Heidrun complex in 344 m (1,128 ft) water depth.
In March, DEA secured approval from the authorities for itsplan for development and operation, which involves a subsea facility with gas piped to the Heidrun field. Start-up is scheduled for 2020.
The aim of pilot well 6507/7-U-10 is to rule out any possibility of shallow gas subsurface before drilling deeper to construct production wells.