PSA Norway approves Statoil, Wintershall drilling applications

Offshore staff

OSLO, NorwayPetroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has approved multiple drilling applications for Statoil and granted consent to Wintershall Norge AS in a series of recent updates.

Statoil was granted consent to drill two exploration wells and the PSA agreed to the operator’s applications to use semisubmersibles on two other fields.

Statoil was approved to drill the two exploration wells 30/11-12 S and 30/11-12 A, located on its production licenses 272 and 035. Songa Offshore’s Songa Delta will perform the work, which is estimated to last for 45 days, depending on whether a find is made.

In addition, the PSA granted consent for the company to proceed with deploying Stena Drilling’s 2001-build Stena Don semisubmersible to drill and complete wells 35/11-B-22 and B-13 on the Fram oil field, located around 20 km (12 mi) north of Troll.

Wintershall Norge AS received the PSA’s consent to use Island Offshore’s Island Frontier and Island Wellserver for intervention work on wells in the Vega field. The field consists of three separate gas and condensate occurrences: 35/8-1, 35/8-2 Vega and 35/11-2 Vega Sør.

Also provided by the authority were updates on two recent audits performed on Statoil field developments.

In March, the PSA carried out an audit of Statoil's management of the Johan Sverdrup project. No non-conformities were identified, meaning nothing was found that did not comply with regulatory requirements, but a so-named “improvement point,” meaning a deficiency or weakness without evidence of non-compliance,  was found in connection with the electrical plant.

In February, the authority audited subsea facilities and identified no improvement points of non-conformities.


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