Equinor gets consent to use ‘Deepsea Atlantic’ on Fram field

  • Exploration & Production

Norwegian oil company Equinor has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Deepsea Atlantic rig for drilling and well operations on the Fram field in the North Sea.

Deepsea Atlantic in Hanøytangen. Photo by: Cavernia; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license (The image was cropped)

The PSA said on Wednesday that the consent applied to drilling of three production wells using the Deepsea Atlantic rig.

According to the safety watchdog, the drilling is scheduled to begin in January 2019 and is expected to last 300 days.

Deepsea Atlantic is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the MODU GVA 7500 type. The rig is operated by Odfjell Drilling. Deepsea Atlantic was completed in 2009, registered in Norway, and is classified by DNV GL.

Deepsea Atlantic was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in July 2009.

As for the Fram oil finds in the North Sea, they comprise the Fram Vest and Fram Øst fields. The fields are located about 20 kilometers north of the Troll field at a depth of approximately 350 meters.

Both field developments consist of subsea installations connected via pipelines to the Troll C platform. The well streams from the fields are processed on this platform.

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