Rosneft, Statoil Begin Pingvin Drilling in Barents Sea
Rosneft together with Norwegian company Statoil Petroleum AS started exploration operations at the Pingvin License PL713 prospect in the Norwegian section of the Barents Sea.
The first exploration well Pingvin-1 will be drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen rig.
The water depth is 422 meters and the drilling target total vertical depth (TVD) is 1516 meters. The companies expect to analyse the drilling results until the end of 2014.
RN Nordic Oil AS is partner in the licence (PL713) with Statoil (that is the operator), North Energy ASA and Edison International Norway Branch.
RN Nordic Oil AS, a subsidiary of Rosneft, will be involved in the operations on the project.
The start of this exploration operations marks an important milestone in developing the cooperation between Rosneft and Statoil. The companies plan to implement their experience of exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields in regions with harsh climate.
Press Release, August 18, 2014; Image: Aker ASA