Aker BP set for appraisal well in North Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Aker BP a drilling permit for an appraisal well in the North Sea offshore Norway.

Deepsea Nordkapp rig
Deepsea Nordkapp rig; Source: Odfjell Drilling

The well 25/2-22 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Nordkapp semi-submersible drilling rig. Aker BP has already secured consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), to use the Deepsea Nordkapp rig for this well. The drilling is planned to start in mid-January 2020.

The drilling program for well 25/2-22 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production license 442. Aker BP is the operator with an ownership interest of 90.26 percent. Other licensee is LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge (9.74 percent).

The area in this license consists of parts of blocks 25/2 and 25/3. The well will be drilled about 37 kilometers north of the Heimdal field.

Production license 442 was awarded on June 15, 2007 (APA 2006). This is the 9th exploration well to be drilled in the license.

The Deepsea Nordkapp is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Moss Maritime CS 60E type, owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The rig was issued with Acknowledgement of Compliance by the PSA in April 2019.


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