OSLO, Norway – Aker BP has approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to drill the Gekko prospect in the North Sea.
The semisubmersibleDeepsea Stavanger will soon spud well 25/4-12 S and A in block 25/4 close to the Alvheim field.
Water depth at the site is 121 m (397 ft): drilling should take 26 days to complete.
In addition, the PSA has authorized Statoil to use a replacement pipeline between the Heidrun field complex and subsea structure E in the Norwegian Sea.
Replacement of the Heidrun P-E pipeline is part of a project to develop and extend the life of Heidrun Nordflanken by 20 years.
The new pipeline is due to be installed soon with start-up to follow sometime this summer.
Heidrun is on the Haltenbanken, 30 km (18.6 mi) northeast of Åsgard. The northern part of the field has been developed using subsea facilities.