Aker BP gains consent to use Deepsea Stavanger rig for North Sea well duo

  • Exploration & Production

Norwegian oil company Aker BP has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) for exploration drilling in the North Sea offshore Norway, using the Deepsea Stavanger rig.

Deepsea Stavanger rig; Source: BP

The PSA said on Friday that Aker BP got the consent for exploration drilling in block 25/4 in the North Sea. The consent covers the drilling of exploration wells 25/4-14 S and 25/4-14 A, in production license 203.

Aker BP is the operator of the license with a 65 percent stake. The other two licensees are ConocoPhillips and Lundin with 20 and 15 percent stakes.

The safety agency said that the appraisal wells would be drilled in the area east of the Alvheim field in the North Sea.

According to the safety body, drilling is scheduled to begin in the second half of August 2019 and is expected to last 22 days.

The wells will be drilled by Deepsea Stavanger, a semi-submersible mobile drilling rig of the GVA 7500 type, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea.

The rig is owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling and received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2017.

The Deepsea Stavanger was involved in Aker BP’s latest oil find announced earlier this week, a well named Liatårnet in the NOAKA area offshore Norway.

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