Aker BP picks up safety consents for operations offshore Norway

  • Exploration & Production

Norwegian oil and gas company Aker BP has received two safety consents from the country’s offshore watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), for operations offshore Norway.

Deepsea Stavanger
Deepsea Stavanger; Source: BP

The PSA said on Monday it had given its consent to Aker BP to use the Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig on the Ærfugl field in the Norwegian Sea.

The Ærfugl field, including Snadd Outer, is a unique gas condensate field, nearly 60 km long and just 2-3 km wide, situated close to the Aker BP-operated Skarv FPSO, approximately 210 km west of Sandnessjøen.

Aker BP submitted the plan for development and operation of the Ærfugl field in December 2017.

The consent applies to the drilling of up to six production wells and drilling is scheduled to begin in the second half of September 2019.

Deepsea Stavanger is a semi-submersible mobile drilling rig of the GVA 7500 type, built in South Korea in 2010. It is owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling.

The PSA issued Deepsea Stavanger with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) on March 16, 2017.

The safety authority has also given its consent to Aker BP to use the facilities on the Bøyla field in the North Sea, around 200 kilometers from land in a water depth of 119 meters.

The field is developed with two horizontal production wells and one water injection well which are tied back to the Alvheim FPSO. Production began in January 2015.

The consent covers facilities for test production from the Frosk deposit, in the Bøyla field. Frosk was proven by well 24/9-14 in 2018. Test production is scheduled to begin in August 2019.

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