STAVANGER, Norway – Equinor has contracted Seadrill’s semisubmersible West Hercules for two exploration wells in the Barents Sea, with the program set to start next spring.
The contract includes options for drilling a further nine well, with the rig primarily assigned for exploration drilling. It is based on a master framework agreement established between the two parties.
Seadrill is responsible for integrated drilling services, such as casing running, ROVs, slop treatment and cuttings handling.
“We have already prepared a drilling program forWest Hercules, scheduled to start this autumn,” said Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s senior vice president for Drilling & Well Services.
“We are now looking forward to continuing our cooperation with this rig. It can do regular exploration drilling, drilling in formations with high pressure and high temperature, it is winterized and can drill in deep waters. The rig is well suited for operations on the Norwegian continental shelf.”