Norwegian oil and gas giant, Statoil, has received consent to begin drilling an exploration well in production licence 602 in block 6706/11 in the Norwegian Sea. Statoil is the operator for production licence.
The field is located around 233 km from the nearest mainland at Skomvær in the county of Nordland.
Drilling is scheduled to begin in June 2015 and estimated to last 28 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
Drilling will be performed using Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type. The facility was completed in 2009 at the Aker Solutions yard in Stord; it is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DNV GL.
The facility received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in October 2012. Non-conformity:
Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn