Statoil to drill new target in Aasta Hansteen area

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Statoil has permission from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill an exploration well 6 km (3.7 mi) northwest of the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea.

The semisubmersible Transocean Spitsbergen will drill well 6706/12-2 in production license 218. This will be the fifth well on the concession since it was awarded in February 1996.

Songa Offshore says it is making good progress with the newbuild rig program for Statoil’s Cat D project and has firmed up final rig delivery dates with the DSME shipyard in South Korea.

Deliveries of the four Cat D rigs should go forward as scheduled for mobilization to Norway. Statoil has contracted each rig for eight years firm.


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