Maersk Invincible

Aker BP cleared to use Maersk rig for Hod pilot hole

Aker BP has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Maersk Drilling-owned Maersk Invincible drilling rig for operations on the Hod field offshore Norway.

Maersk Invincible; Source: Maersk Drilling

The safety authority said on Thursday that Aker BP would use the Maersk Invincible jack-up rig for the drilling of a pilot hole on the Hod field.

The main goal of the well is to map the risk of shallow gas/water in the area.

The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned after the drilling operation is completed.

Hod is a field in the southern part of the Norwegian sector in the North Sea, about 13 kilometres south of the Valhall field. The water depth is 72 metres.

Hod was discovered in 1974, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 1988.

The field was developed with an unmanned wellhead platform, remotely controlled from Valhall. Production started in 1990.

The original Hod platform is no longer in service and will be removed after the wells have been permanently plugged.

Aker BP has recently submitted its plans for the re-development and operation (PDO) for the Hod project to the country’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

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