OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has sanctioned use of the semisubmersible Transocean Barents for an exploratory well in the Barents Sea.
Well 7218/11-1 will be drilled on license PL 531, which is operated by Repsol. Drilling is expected to start during the current quarter and last about 48 days, depending on whether a discovery results. Water depth is about 325 m (1,066 ft).
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has authorized Statoil Petroleum to drill a wildcat in the central Norwegian North Sea using the semisub Songa Trym, which is undergoing an extended program of work at a yard in Norway.
Well 16/8-3 S will be drilled on PL 360, which comprises parts of blocks 16/5 and 16/6, and blocks 16/8 and 16/9. The location will be roughly 11 km (6.8 mi) southeast of the 16/8-2 well, and 17 km (10.6 mi) southwest of the 16/9-1 well.
Although this will be the first well on the license in its current form, three previous wells were drilled within the license area by a different consortium.