Maersk Interceptor starts drilling at Ivar Aasen

Offshore staff

TRONDHEIM, Norway – The jackup Maersk Interceptor has started a three-year development program on the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Operator Det norske oljeselskap has commissioned 15 wells (eight producers and seven water injectors) and three pilot wells. The program extends across production licenses 001B, 028B, 242, 338, and 457.

Initially the rig will drill the three pilot wells, which are designed to provide reservoir information at an earlier stage, according to Ivar Aasen drilling manager Inge Sundet.

Det norske has contracted Maersk Interceptor, claimed to be the world’s largest jackup rig, for five years with an option of two further years.

Ivar Aasen, west of the Johan Sverdrup field, contains 210 MMboe. Production is due to start in 4Q 2016, and could continue for 20 years, depending on the oil price and production trends.


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