Aker BP gets safety nod to drill North Sea well with Saipem rig

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has given Aker BP consent to drill an exploration well offshore Norway using the Saipem-owned Scarabeo 8 drilling rig. 

The exploration well 25/11-29 S is located in production license 916 where Aker BP is the operator.

The well is in the North Sea, north of the Johan Sverdrup field and south of the Grane field/

The operation is scheduled to begin in November 2018 and to last 20 days, the PSA said on Monday.

Drilling is to be carried out using the Scarabeo 8 semi-submersible drilling rig. The rig is of the Moss CS50 MKII type, operated by Saipem Norge. It was built in Russia and Italy and put into service in 2012. It is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Bahamas.

Scarabeo 8 was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in May 2012.

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