OKEA to spud its first operated well in October
The Norwegian oil company OKEA has been given permission to drill its first operated wells offshore Norway.
The Scandinavian country’s offshore safety regulator the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway on Thursday said it had given its consent for OKEA to drill the wells 6407/9-11 and 6407/9-12 in the Norwegian Sea. The appraisal wells sit in the production licenses 093 and 093 D.
These are appraisal wells, to be drilled in connection with the Draugen field, the PSA said.
The drilling is expected to begin on October 1, and is expected to last 24 days. OKEA will use the recently built Deepsea Nordkapp semi-submersible drilling rig for the operations.
OKEA CEO Erik Haugane said: “Increasing the activity level in the Draugen area is an important part of OKEA’s strategy.”
VP Drilling Ida Ianssen Lundh said: “We are very pleased to be drilling OKEA’s first operated wells, less than a year after becoming the operator of the Draugen field”
As previously reported, OKEA bought the Draugen field stake from Shell last year in a deal valued ~$525 million. Apart from acquiring Shell’s 44.56% interest in the Draugen field, the deal also included Shell’s 12% interest in the Gjøa field.
Offshore Energy Today Staff
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