Aker BP gains consent to use Odfjell rig for North Sea well

  • 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. 

The PSA said on Tuesday that Aker BP got the consent for exploration drilling in block 15/6 in the North Sea. The consent covers the drilling of exploration well 15/6-16 S, with options for a sidetrack and testing. Aker BP has named the well Hornet Main.

The well belongs to production license 777 where Aker BP is the operator.

The location where the well is to be drilled is in the North Sea, north of the Gina Krog field and south of Gudrun. Water depth at the site is 116 meters.

Drilling is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019 and is estimated to last at least 46 days.

The well 15/6-16 S 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.

Earlier in May, the rig completed the well 25/11-29 S, which is located about 14 kilometers south of the Grane field and 190 kilometers west of Stavanger in the central part of the North Sea. The well was dry.

Aker BP has also recently received consent from the safety authority to drill two exploration wells in the North Sea, using the Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig.

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