STAVANGER, Norway – The semisubmersible Deepsea Atlantic has started drilling the first of 35 wells for the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup project in the central Norwegian North Sea.
According to operator Statoil, the rig is presently pre-drilling the first production well through a template installed on the field last summer.
Eight wells will eventually be drilled through the template before the rig relocates to drill injection wells on three other locations.
In 2018 the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform will be the second of the four Phase 1 platforms to be installed. It is under construction at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund, north of Stavanger, and in Thailand.
Once the facility is operational, the eight pre-drilled wells will be hooked up from the pre-drilling template. At this point Deepsea Atlantic will drill the injection wells that will provide reservoir pressure support to maintain high levels of production.
Statoil, rig owner Odfjell Drilling, and drilling service provider Baker Hughes are cooperating on the campaign. Last summer Statoil awarded Baker Hughes a NOK1.5- billion ($173-million) contract to perform integrated drilling services, while Odfjell’s rig and drilling services contract is valued at NOK 4.35 billion ($501 million).
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