Shell to drill production well at deepwater Ormen Lange field

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Norske Shell has clearance from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway for a new production well at the Ormen Lange gas field in the southern Norwegian Sea.

Water depth at Ormen Lange is between 800 and 1,100 m (2,624 and 3,609 ft).

The semisubmersible Transocean Barents is due to start drilling well 6305/7-D-5H on Nov. 15, but operations will have to be suspended at some point as environmental protection factors rule out drilling in the reservoir during the winter.

Drilling will not then re-start until March 1, 2015 at the earliest.


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