Drilling and well completion work is entering the final phase on Statoil's Snohvit development in the Norwegian Barents Sea. The drilling rig Polar Pioneer recently moved south to drill three producer wells on the associated Albatross reservoir. It has so far drilled and partly completed six production wells and a carbon dioxide injection well on Snohvit.
To ensure high output as Albatross declines, two of its wells will feature a horizontal section, both running through the reservoir 1,430 m below the seabed. All the wells on the two fields should be completed next year, but will not start up until the associated LNG plant on Melkoya Island starts up in 2007.