NPD, PSA approve offshore Norway well programs
Equinor has permission from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill an exploration well on the Intrepid Eagle prospect in the Barents Sea.
Well 7324/3-1 will be drilled in production license 615, 13 km (8 mi) west of the 7325/1-1 Atlantis gas discovery, and 30 km (18.6 mi) northwest of the Gemini Nord 7325/4-1 oil/gas discovery.
This will be the third well on the license, awarded in May 2011.
Elsewhere in the Norwegian sector, the Petroleum Safety Authority has authorized Aker BP to drill exploration well 24/9-13 in PL 869 in the North Sea, close to the Bøyla and Alvheim fields, and in a water depth of 117.5 m (385 ft). The semisubScarabeo 8 was due to start the 23-day program earlier this month.
The PSA has also given Equinor permission to deploy the semisubDeepsea Bergen for permanent plugging of well 20/2-1 at the Huldra field complex in PLs 051 and 052B, starting in mid-October.
Huldra is in the northern North Sea and was developed via a wellhead platform with a simple process facility, remotely controlled from the Veslefrikk B platform to the east.
Production started in 2001 and was terminated in 2014.
Finally, the PSA has approved a one-day program of work at Repsol’s Yme field in the eastern North Sea, which involves securing potentially loose walkway gratings on the caisson.
A maintenance crew will be lowered down from a helicopter to perform the work.