Rig: Deepsea Bergen

Name Deepsea Bergen
Owner Odfjell Drilling
Manager Odfjell Drilling
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Midwater Floater
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 1500
Max Drill Depth (ft) 20500
Dimensions (ft) 303 x 220 x 124
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Norway
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco 1625 UDBE
Drawworks HP 1800
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco 12-P-160 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco TDS-4S
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1300000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Aker
Rig Model H-3.2 (Modified)
Year Built 1983
Country of Build Norway
Yard Name Verdal Shipyard
Group Yard Name Aker ASA

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator OMV

News

7 Jun 2017

Statoil receives consent for exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea

Statoil has received consent to drill an exploration well in block 6507/8 in the Norwegian Sea. The well is to be drilled in a prospect named Carmen in block 6507/8 at Haltenbanken. The site is 222 kilometres west of Brønnøysund in Nordland county and 10 kilometres north-east of Heidrun. A pilot well will be drilled first, down to 800 metres, to investigate if there is shallow gas in the area. Water depth at the site is 358 metres. The drilling is estimated to last for 18 days, and will begin in mid-June. The well is to be drilled by Deepsea Bergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-3.2 type, built at Aker Verdal in 1983. It is owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling. It is classified by DNV GL and registered in Norway. Deepsea Bergen was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2001.

25 May 2017

Brasse Appraisal Well Spuds

Faroe Petroleum has announced that the Brasse appraisal well (well number 31/7-2S) has commenced drilling. The Brasse field was discovered in licence PL740 in July 2016. The primary objectives of the appraisal well are to reduce uncertainty in the reserve estimates and provide more information for the development project. According to Faroe, a decision on a second Brasse appraisal well will be made later this year. The well is being drilled by Odfjell Drilling's Deepsea Bergen semisub.

10 May 2017

Brasse Appraisal Well Consent

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway, the UK and Atlantic Margin, is pleased to announce that all relevant consents have been received for the drilling of an appraisal well 31/7-2S on the Brasse discovery (Faroe 50%). Faroe, as operator has entered into a contract with Odfjell Drilling for the use of the semi-submersible drilling rig, Deepsea Bergen, for the drilling operations which are expected to commence before the end of this month with the earliest spud date being on or around 18 May 2017. The Brasse discovery is located within tie-back distance to existing infrastructure: 13 kilometres to the south of the Brage field platform, in which the Company holds a 14.3% working interest and 13 kilometres to the south east of the Oseberg Field Centre. The co-venturer in the Brasse licence PL740 Faroe is Point Resources AS (50%).

4 May 2017

Drilling permit for well 31/7-2 S in production licence 740

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Faroe Petroleum Norge AS a drilling permit for well 31/7-2 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 31/7-2 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Bergen drilling facility, at position 60°24'18.17"N and 3°2'23.75"E in production licence 740. The drilling programme for well 31/7-2 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well. Faroe Petroleum Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 per cent, and Core Energy AS is a licensee with 50 per cent. The area in this licence constitutes a part of blocks 31/7 and 30/9. Production licence 740 was awarded in APA 2013, 7 February 2014. This is the third well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

4 Apr 2017

CHC Announces New Contract with Faroe Petroleum

CHC Group (the "Company" or "CHC") today announced it has been awarded a new contract with Faroe Petroleum to provide helicopter services in support of their exploration drilling program at the Brasse Field in the North Sea."We are excited to work with Faroe Petroleum as their aviation partner in this project," said Arne Roland, CHC Regional Director for Nordic Countries, Eastern Europe, Caspian and Canada (NECC). "This project allows us to continue to build on our decades of experience supporting oil and gas customers in the Norwegian Continental Shelf as we continue to evolve our services and technology to best meet their needs."The operation will begin in summer 2017, flying from CHC's base in Bergen using a Sikorsky S-92, which has a proven safety and availability record, reaching more than one million fleet hours of service in 2016.Faroe Petroleum’s drilling program is expected to last for an initial period of approximately 70 days and the contract includes an option to extend CHC’s services beyond this initial period."CHC is proud to continue a safe and reliable transportation offering to customers in and around the North Sea," said Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC Helicopter. "We look forward to helping Faroe Petroleum meet their transportation needs throughout this project and are eager to start flying on their behalf upon project commencement later this year."

10 Mar 2017

Minor gas discovery east of the Alve field in the Norwegian Sea – 6507/3-12 and 6507/3-12 A

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 159 B, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 6507/3-12 and appraisal well 6507/3-12 A. The wells proved gas. The wells were drilled about six kilometres east of the Alve field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea and about 200 kilometres west of Sandnessjøen. The primary exploration target for wildcat well 6507/3-12 was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Garn and Not formations). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Ile formation). Another goal was to collect geological data if Cretaceous sandstone rocks were present. The primary target for appraisal well 6507/3-12 A was to delineate the Cretaceous gas discovery (Lysing formation). Well 6507/3-12 encountered a total gas column of about 7 metres in a Late Cretaceous sandstone layer with good reservoir properties. In the primary and secondary exploration targets, the well encountered about 30-metres of aquiferous sandstone in the Garn and Not formations, and about 65 metres of aquiferous sandstone in the Ile and Tofte formations, all with good to moderate reservoir properties. Well 6507/3-12 A was stopped due to technical issues regarding presumed gas-filled sandstone, and no further attempts were made to drill the appraisal well. Preliminary estimations place the size of the discovery between one and five billion standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable gas. The licensees will assess the discovery along with other nearby discoveries/prospects with regard to a possible development. Well 6507/3-12 was not formation-tested, but data has been collected and samples were taken. These are the third and fourth exploration wells in production licence 159 B. The licence was carved out of production licence 159 on 13 August 2004. Well 6507/3-12 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3428 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Tofte formation in the Early Jurassic. Well 6507/3-12 A was drilled to a vertical depth of 2529 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Springar or Nise formation in the Late Cretaceous. Water depth is 381 metres. The wells will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Wells 6507/3-12 and 6507/3-12 A were drilled by the Deep Sea Bergen drilling facility, which will now proceed to the Åsgard field in the Norwegian Sea to complete production well 6506/12-S-4 BH.

1 Mar 2017

Drilling permit for well 6507/3-12 A in production licence 159 B

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 6507/3-12 A, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 6507/3-12 A will be drilled with the Deepsea Bergen drilling facility at position 65°58' 3.93" north and 7°56' 1.64" east. The drilling program for well 6507/3-12 A relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 159 B. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 85 per cent. The other licensee is Dong E&P Norge AS with 15 per cent. The area in this licence is part of block 6507/3. The well will be drilled about 11 kilometres southwest of the Norne field. Production licence 159 was awarded in licensing round 12 Part B on the Norwegian shelf, and production licence 159 B was carved out on 13 August 2004. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activity.

18 Jan 2017

Drilling permit for wellbore 6507/3-12 in production licence 159 B

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wellbore 6507/3-12, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Wellbore 6507/3-12 will be drilled from the Deepsea Bergen drilling facility at position 65° 58' 3.93" north and 7° 56' 1.64" east. The drilling program for wellbore 6507/3-12 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 159 B. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 85 per cent. The other licensee is Dong E&P Norge AS with 15 per cent. The area in this licence consists of a part of block 6507/3. The well will be drilled about 11 kilometres southwest of the Norne field. Production licence 159 was awarded in licensing round 12 Part B on the Norwegian shelf and production licence 159 B was carved out on 13 August 2004. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

28 Dec 2016

Statoil receives consent for exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea

The PSA has given Statoil consent to drill exploration well 6507/3-12 in the Norwegian Sea. Statoil is the operator for production licence 159B in block 6507/3 in the Norwegian Sea west of Sandnessjøen. The PSA has given Statoil consent to drill exploration well 6507/3-12 in a prospect named Mim. The drilling location is around 8 kilometres south-west of Norne. Water depth at the site is 381 metres. Drilling is scheduled to begin in early January 2017 and will last 27 days. A possible sidetrack from the well will take a further 18 days. The well is to be drilled by Deepsea Bergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling facility owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The facility is an Aker H-3 type, built in 1963. It is classified by DNV GL and registered in Norway. Deepsea Bergen was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2001.

9 Oct 2015

Successful visit to the shipyard

Today the drilling rig Deepsea Bergen leaves the shipyard in Haugesund after completing its 5-year classification. The assignment has been performed within the agreed timeframe. On behalf of Odfjell Drilling, Aibel has carried out work associated with the 5-year classification of the drilling rig. The work comprised inspections and modifications related to structure and pipes, among other things. Aibel's Project Manager Jarle Toft explains that many activities had to be carried out in narrow areas on board. There was also a need for extensive cleaning prior to the work commencing. "We have been working to a tight schedule and have achieved a lot in a short period of time. Handover took place at the end of September, and our part of the work took 21 days," the Project Manager says. He also notes that there have not been any serious incidents, and that employees have had an excellent focus on HSE.

8 Oct 2015

Audit of Deepsea Bergen

On 21 and 22 September 2015, the PSA carried out an audit of Deepsea Bergen while the facility was at the Aibel Haugesund yard. The audit was focused on Odfjell Drilling's management of hull inspection, verification of the lifetime of structures and findings made during the layover. This audit was in continuation of the audit's first part carried out in June 2015. The purpose of the audit was to see how, as the rig owner, Odfjell Drilling was ensuring the safety of ageing facilities that have received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC), in terms of ageing mechanisms and modifications, and how learning from identified ageing mechanisms and factors in previous incidents are used with respect to the structural safety of Deepsea Bergen. No non-conformities or improvement points were identified during this audit.

26 Jun 2015

Aibel wins contract for 'Deepsea Bergen' SPS

Odfjell Drilling has awarded Aibel Haugesund a contract for yard stay services related to the periodic survey for Deepsea Bergen. The contract has a value of NOK 40m (USD5.1m). The yard stay will take place early in the autumn 2015 and will amongst other cover inspection activities for structure, piping and tanks which must be done while the rig is located at yard. The periodic survey and the yard stay are planned according to Odfjell Drilling’s survey strategy minimising the time off hire and the length of the yard stay. Activities related to the periodic survey have been ongoing since early 2014. The yard stay is estimated to 30 days excluding sailing time.

15 Nov 2010

Securing rig for production drilling in the Norwegian Sea

Statoil has signed a letter of intent with Odfjell Drilling for hire of the Deepsea Bergen rig to be used on our licences in the Norwegian Sea. The contract value is around USD 380 million. As operator of several licences Statoil has awarded a contract to Odfjell Drilling for use of the Deepsea Bergen rig for production drilling on the Halten Bank. “We are satisfied with the signing of this agreement,” says Ivar Aasheim, senior vice president for the operations north cluster of the Exploration & Production Norway area. “It secures our future capacity in the rig market, thus enabling us to maintain our production targets in the longer term.” The contract period is three years and includes a one-year option following the completion of the drilling programme. The contract states a daily rate of around USD 346,000, based on the current exchange rate. Statoil has an option to further extend the contract period at a reduced rate. The agreement is subject to partner approval. “In our view, the agreement reflects a sustainable price level for this type of rigs,” says Gunn Vik Grønhaug, who is responsible for procuring drilling and well services in Statoil. “This agreement also confirms the good cooperation between Odfjell Drilling and Statoil.” Deepsea Bergen is a semi-submersible drilling rig, which is currently under a three-year contract with Statoil in the same area.

9 Feb 2006

Rig secured for Norwegian Sea

A letter of intent worth about NOK 2.35 billion (USD 350 million) for use of the Deepsea Bergen drilling rig in the Halten-Nordland area of the Norwegian Sea has been signed with Odfjell Drilling by Statoil. The rig will be used for development drilling and exploration in the areas near the Heidrun, Norne and Åsgard fields. The agreement is valid for three years. Plans call for Statoil to take over the rig in the second quarter of 2008. The letter of intent is subject to approval by Statoil's partners in the production licences for Heidrun, Norne and Åsgard.

19 Feb 2003

Lerke well completed

A wildcat drilled by Statoil on the Lerke prospect near its Norne field in the Norwegian Sea failed to encounter hydrocarbons in the main reservoir. However, oil was found in other parts of this formation. Statoil plans to investigate its quantity and production properties over the coming six months. That will establish whether these resources are commercially recoverable, reports Knut Chr Grindstad, exploration vice president for Halten/Nordland. “We’re disappointed by this result,” admits Mr Grindstad, who is based at Statoil’s north Norwegian exploration office in Harstad. “But we still believe that we can develop the other Norne satellites profitably with a subsea development tied back to the main field’s production ship.” He emphasised that Statoil will go ahead with its plans to drill a wildcat on the Gråspett prospect west of Lerke. The latter lies between the Svale and Stær discoveries, which were made in the spring of 2000 and the spring of 2002 respectively. Deepsea Bergen drilled the 6608/10-9 well on Lerke to a total measured depth of 2,400 metres. Statoil has a 40.45 per cent interest in the prospect, with Petoro, Norsk Hydro, Agip and Shell/Enterprise as its partners.

24 Jan 2003

Drilling the Lerke prospect

A wildcat has been spudded by Statoil on the Lerke prospect in the Norne area of the Norwegian Sea on 23 January. Expected to take about two months to complete, this well is being drilled between the Svale and Stær discoveries. These were made in the spring of 2000 and the spring of 2002 respectively. The hope is that Lerke contains oil, reports Roger Inge Johansen, Statoil’s exploration manager for the area. “A possible discovery could be integrated with Svale and Stær in a subsea development tied back to our Norne production ship,” he explains. With a solution of that kind, production could get under way in 2005. Designated 6608/10-9, the well is due to be drilled by Deepsea Bergen to a total measured depth of 2,380 metres.

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