Equinor gains consent to use Transocean rig on North Sea well

  • Exploration & Production

Norwegian oil company Equinor has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) for exploration drilling in the North Sea with the Transocean Spitsbergen rig. 

Transocean Spitsbergen; Photo by Kenneth Engelsvold; Source Equinor

The safety agency said on Wednesday it had given Equinor consent to drill exploration well 16/5-7 in production license 502, which is located in the North Sea offshore Norway.

The well 16/5-7 is to be drilled north-west of the Utsira High in the North Sea, south-west of Johan Sverdrup and north-east of Sleipner.

Water depth at the location is around 105 meters. Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-May 2019 and is estimated to last for 28 days.

The well will be drilled by Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Aker H-6e type, operated by Transocean Norway Operations.

Transocean Spitsbergen received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2012.

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