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Talisman given green light to spud exploration well 15/12-24 S

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10 April 2015

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate granted Talisman Energy Norge AS a drilling permit for well 15/12-24 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 15/12-24 S will be drilled from the Maersk Giant drilling facility at position 58°07’26.79’’ north 01°55’22.64’’ east, just northeast of the Varg field in the central part of the North Sea. The drilling programme for well 15/12-24 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 672, where Talisman Energy Norge AS is the operator. The other licensees are Ithaca Petroleum Norge AS, Det norske oljeselskap ASA and Fortis Petroleum Norway AS. The licensees, including the operator, all have an ownership interest of 25 per cent in the licence. The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 25/12 and 16/10. Production licence 672 was awarded on 8 February 2013 (APA 2012). This is the first exploration well in the licence, but two exploration wells have been drilled previously within the same area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

Source: http://www.npd.no/en/news/Drilling-permits/2015/1512-24-S/


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16 Oct 2013

'Maersk Giant' jackup rig to be used to spud Butch South West well for Centrica

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Centrica Energi (Norge) AS a drilling permit for well 8/10-5 S. Well 8/10-5 S will be drilled from the Mærsk Giant drilling facility at position 57°3’32.49’’north and 3°6’46.91”east. The drilling program for well 8/10-5 S relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 405. Centrica Energi (Norge) AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Suncor Energy Norge AS with 30 per cent, Faroe Petroleum Norge AS with 15 per cent and Tullow Oil Norge AS with 15 per cent. Production licence 405 was awarded in APA 2006. The area in this production licence is located in the southern part of the North Sea and consists of parts of blocks 7/9, 7/12, 8/7, 8/8, 8/10 and 8/11. Well 8/10-5 S is the fourth exploration well in this production licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activities.

3 Sep 2013

'Maersk Giant' ready to drill Brattholmen exploration well for Repsol

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Repsol Exploration Norge AS a drilling permit for wellbore 4/4-1. Wellbore 4/4-1 will be drilled from the Mærsk Giant drilling facility at position 56°38’8.65’’N and 5°8’11.53”E. The drilling programme for wellbore 4/4-1 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 541. Repsol Exploration Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 per cent. The licensees are Edison International Norway Branch with a 35 per cent ownership interest, Skagen44 with 7.5 per cent ownership interest and Concedo ASA with 7.5 per cent ownership interest. Production licence 541 was awarded in 2010 (APA 2009). The area in this production licence is located in the southeastern part of the North Sea and consists of block 4/4, which is on the border with Denmark. Wellbore 4/4-1 is the first exploration well in this production licence. The drilling permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

12 Aug 2013

Det Norske set to drill new well on Gyda field in Norway

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap ASA a drilling permit for wellbore 2/1-15, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 2/1-15 will be drilled from the Mærsk Giant drilling facility at position 56°52’58.14’’N and 3°12’47.53’’E following completion of the drilling of wildcat well 2/1-16 S for Talisman Energy Norge AS in production licence 299. The drilling programme for wellbore 2/1-15 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 542. Det norske oljeselskap ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 60 per cent. The other licensee is Tullow Oil Norge AS (40 per cent). The acreage in this permit consists of parts of blocks 2/1. Production licence 542 was awarded on 19 February 2009 (APA 2010). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

29 Apr 2013

Talisman given approval to use 'Maersk Giant' jackup to drill wildcat well on PL 299

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Talisman Energy Norge AS a drilling permit for well 2/1-16 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 2/1-16 S will be drilled from the Mærsk Giant drilling facility, at position 56°51’1.72’’ north and 3°18’52.69” east. The drilling programme for well 2/1-16 S relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 299. Talisman Energy Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 31.5 per cent. The other licensees are Agora Oil & Gas AS with 28.5 per cent, Dong E & P Norge AS 20 per cent and North Energy ASA 20 per cent. The area in production licence 299 is located in the southern part of the North Sea near the Gyda field, and consists of parts of block 2/1. Well 2/1 16 S is the second exploration well in this production licence, which was awarded in 2003. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.

16 Oct 2013

'Maersk Giant jackup' drills dry Brattholmen wildcat well for Repsol in Norway

Repsol Exploration Norge AS, operator of production licence 541, has completed drilling of wildcat well 4/4-1. The well is dry. The well was drilled about 60 kilometres east of the Trym field in the southern part of the North Sea. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Paleocene reservoir rocks (the Lista formation). The well encountered the Lista formation with reservoir quality as expected. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out which show that the reservoir rock is water-bearing. The well is classified as dry. 4/4-1 is the first exploration well in production licence 541. The licence was awarded in APA 2009. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1969 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Tor formation in the Upper Cretaceous. The water depth is 62 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 4/4-1 was drilled by the Maersk Giant drilling facility which will now proceed to production licence 405 in the southern part of the North Sea to drill wildcat well 8/10-5 S, where Centrica Resources (Norge) AS is the operator.

20 Sep 2013

Det norske oljeselskap ASA drills dry well at Augunshaug Prospect in PL 542

Det norske oljeselskap ASA, operator of production licence 542, has completed drilling of wildcat well 2/1-15. The well was drilled about 8 kilometres east of the Gyda field in the North Sea. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper and Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Ula and Bryne formations). The well encountered reservoir rocks with poorer reservoir quality than expected. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out which showed that both levels are aquiferous. The well is dry. 2/1-15 is the first exploration well in production licence 542. The licence was awarded in APA 2009. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3554 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in Triassic rocks (the Hegre group). Water depth is 70 metres. The well has now been permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 2/1-15 was drilled by the Maersk Giant drilling facility which will now proceed to production licence 541 in the southeastern part of the North Sea to drill wildcat well 4/4-1 where Repsol Exploration Norge AS is the operator.

11 Jun 2007

Consent for exploration drilling with “Mærsk Giant” in PL 337

Pertra is the operator of Production License 337 and is scheduled to drill an exploration well in the license in August 2007. The drilling rig “Mærsk Giant” is operated by Maersk Contractors. Well services are provided by Halliburton Norge, and AGR manages the drilling operation. The responsible drilling manager for this project in Pertra is Odd Inge Sørheim. Well 15/12-18 shall test deposits of hydrocarbons in the Ty Formation (the Storskrymten prospect) and in the Skagerak Formation (the Grytkollen prospect). The well is to be drilled to a depth of approximately 3,300 meters. ”Mærsk Giant” is a jack-up drilling rig with a good safety track record and operational results. Pertra was previously engaged in operations employing ”Mærsk Giant” on the Varg Field, which produced very good results. The rig is currently in operation for Talisman Energy. This assignment is expected completed in early August this year, whereupon Pertra will take over and employ the rig for exploration drilling in PL 337. The anticipated duration of the drilling program for testing of the primary targets in PL 337 is 55 days. The estimated cost is 219 MNOK. If well results prove positive, Pertra will consider drilling a sidetrack. If discoveries are made and the drilling of a sidetrack decided, the duration of the operation is estimated to be prolonged with 17 days. This will carry an additional estimated cost in the amount of 83 MNOK. Having submitted an Application for Consent to Drill to the authorities, Pertra has now received consent for this operation. The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority has issued a discharge permit on condition that the environmental risk assessment and the emergency preparedness analysis are updated prior to drilling start-up. This work has already been initiated. License partners are BG Norge, Revus Energy, and Talisman.

5 Sep 2007

Mærsk Giant on location in PL 337

The rig “Mærsk Giant” arrived on location 2 September and has now completed loading the required equipment. The well was spudded at 08:25 a.m. (CET) today. The well will be drilled in sections; first vertically down to a depth of 1,150 meters, and then the inclination will be built up to approximately 30 degrees prior to penetrating the potential reservoir Storskrymten. If discoveries are made here, a new casing will be set before further drilling aimed at testing the last reservoir, Grytkollen, continues. If no discovery is made in Storskrymten, the drilling will continue directly down to Grytkollen, located at a depth of 3,300 meters. The duration of the drilling operation for testing of primary targets is estimated at 50 days, and the entire operation at 70 days.

28 Sep 2007

Pertra discovered oil in Storskrymten

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has announced that Pertra ASA, Operator of Production License 337, has discovered oil in Paleocene sands in wildcat well 15/12-18S. The discovery is located 16 km north-west of the Varg Field. One purpose of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in Paleocene sandstones in a prospect named “Storskrymten”. The well proved oil in parts of 36 meter thick sandstones of the TY Formation at a depth of 2,550 meters. The reservoir section will be sampled and evaluated before a decision to drill a side-track is made. After having collected the necessary samples, the operator will continue to drill in order to test the potential of another prospect at 3,300 meters, called “Grytkollen”.This is the first exploration well in Production License 337. The license was awarded in APA 2004. The well is being drilled by the jack-up drilling rig “Mærsk Giant”.

20 Nov 2007

Det norske oljeselskap ASA discovered more oil in Storskrymten

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) announced today that Det norske oljeselskap ASA (formerly Pertra ASA), operator of Production License 337, has finalized the drilling of wildcat well 15/12-18 S and the appraisal well 15/12-18A, located in the North Sea between the fields Sleipner Øst and Varg. The well proved two oil discoveries in Paleocene reservoirs. The wildcat well 15/12-18S had two targets for drilling; one in Paleocene (the Storskrymten prospect), and one in Jurassic/Triassic (the Grytkollen prospect). In the Paleocene section, 23 meters of oil was proven in sandstones with good reservoir characteristics comprised by the Ty formation and the Heimdal formation. In addition, 9-m thick sandstones of Jurassic age (Grytkollen) were encountered, but no hydrocarbons. The well was drilled to a total depth of 3,520 meters below the sea surface and was finished in rocks of Permian age. Oil and rock samples in the Ty formation were collected for further analysis. The appraisal well 15/12-18A was drilled to delineate the oil discovery and confirm the reservoir development in the Ty formation. The well encountered sandstones in the Ty formation and the Heimdal formation. The sandstone in the Heimdal formation was oil-bearing. Det norske oljeselskap estimates the size of the recoverable volume in Storskrymten, now comprising reservoirs in both the Ty and Heimdal formations, to between 10 and 45 million barrels. Prior to designating the discovery as commercially viable, additional analyses are required to determine whether it is necessary to drill an appraisal well to map the size of the discovery in the Heimdal formation. One alternative might be to produce the oil from the FPSO Petrojarl Varg, located 17 km south of Storskrymten. Det norske oljeselskap is the operator of PL 337 and holds a 45% interest. The other licensees are Dana Petroleum (25%), Revus Energy (20%), and Bridge Energy (10%). The well was drilled with the drilling facility Mærsk Giant.

18 Jun 2008

Drilling operations on Lilleulv in final stage

The jack-up rig Maersk Giant is about to finalize drilling operations on the Lilleulv prospect in Production License 038. The drilling commenced on 26 May and is expected to be concluded this month. Lilleulv is a separate structure to the Varg Field, and the well is thus classified as an exploration well. A positive result would be of importance, as it could extend the life of the Varg Field and add extra barrels of oil production to Det norske. Talisman Energy is the operator of PL 038 with a 65% interest. Det norske has a 5% interest, whereas Petoro holds the remaining 30%.

22 May 2001

Giant leaves Yme

Mærsk Giant, the jack-up rig which has served as the production platform on Statoil’s Yme development, left this North Sea field yesterday, 21 May. In operation on Yme since production began in 1996, it is now under tow to Esbjerg in western Denmark for conversion to new assignments. Work on shutting down the field and removing its installations is on schedule, reports operations vice president Sissel Moldskred. The Maersk Jutlander drilling rig is due to arrive at the end of this week to plug the four production wells on the Yme Beta structure. Following this work, which is expected to take about 60 days, a specially-equipped vessel will remove the remaining seabed structures. The loading buoy left by departed storage tanker Navion Saga is also due to be taken away during the summer. Once all the equipment has been recovered, a final inspection will be made to ensure that the area being relinquished can be used for other operations. Stand-by vessels will remain on the field until all the seabed equipment which could cause problems for fishing activities is removed.

12 May 2014

Centrica comes up dry with Butch East exploration well

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in the Atlantic margin, the North Sea and Norway, announces that drilling has reached target depth on the Centrica-operated Butch Eastexploration well 8/10-5S and a subsequent up-dip appraisal well 8/10-5A, the first of two back-to back-wells in Licence PL405, following up the Butch Main discovery (Faroe 15%). The Butch East exploration well spudded on 29 December 2013 and reached total depth in 8/10-5A of 2,307 metres in the Zechstein salt formation. The well targeted sandstones of the Upper Jurassic reservoir of the Ula formation and whilst a good quality reservoir was confirmed, no hydrocarbons were encountered at this location. Butch East, which is adjacent to the Company’s 2011 Butch discovery, is situated in approximately 65 metres of water depth in the Norwegian North Sea, close to significant existing infrastructure with the giant Ula field approximately seven kilometres to the north-west, Tambar approximately 10 kilometres to the south-west and Gyda approximately 20 kilometres to the south. The Butch East drilling operations are being undertaken by Centrica (40%) using the Maersk Giant jack-up drilling rig, together with the other joint venture partners Suncor Norge AS (30%) and Tullow Oil Norge AS (15%). Well 8/10-5S will now be plugged and abandoned. The operator is currently working on a development plan for the Butch Main discovery, in parallel with drilling the follow-up prospects at Butch East and Butch South West. The Maersk Giant will now move to drill a separate segment at the Butch South West well, and an announcement will be made in due course once the well has spudded.

14 May 2014

Centrica drills duster in PL405

Centrica Resources Norge AS, operator of production licence 405, is in the process of concluding the drilling of exploration wells 8/10-5 S and 8/10-5 A. The wells are dry. The wells were drilled approx. 13 kilometres southeast of the Ula field, in the southern sector of the North Sea. The purpose of the wells was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ula formation) in a segment east of the 8/10-4 S oil discovery ("Butch") encountered in the same production licence in 2011. Wells 8/10-5 S and 8/10-5 A encountered 45 metres and 50 metres, respectively, of sandstone in the Ula formation of good reservoir quality. Extensive data collection and sampling were carried out, which will be used in the further development of the nearby 8/10-4 S discovery. These are the fourth and fifth exploration wells drilled in production licence 405. The licence was awarded in APA 2006. Wells 8/10-5 S and 8/10-5 A were drilled to vertical depths of 2750 metres and 2263 metres below the sea surface, respectively, and were completed in the Zechstein group in the Permian age. Water depth is 66 metres. The wells will be plugged and abandoned. The wells were drilled by the Mærsk Giant drilling facility, which will now drill exploration well 8/10-6 S in a segment south of the 8/10-4 S oil discovery in the same production licence.

20 May 2014

Centrica all set to drill Butch South West

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Centrica Energi (Norge) AS a drilling permit for wellbore 8/10-6 S. Wellbore 8/10-6 S will be drilled from the Mærsk Giant drilling facility at position 57°3’09.92’’N and 3°3’42.12”E. The drilling program for wellbore 8/10-6 S relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 405. Centrica Energi (Norge) AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The licensees are Suncor Energy Norge AS with 30 per cent, Faroe Petroleum Norge AS with 15 per cent and Tullow Oil Norge AS with 15 per cent ownership interests. Production licence 405 was awarded in APA 2006. The area in this production licence is located in the southern part of the North Sea and consists of parts of blocks 7/9, 7/12, 8/7, 8/8, 8/10 and 8/11. Wellbore 8/10-6 S is the sixth exploration well in this production licence. The drilling permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

2 Jun 2014

Drilling commences at Butch South West

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway, the Atlantic margin and the North Sea, is pleased to announce the spudding of the Centrica-operated Butch South West exploration well 8/10-6S (Faroe 15%). Butch South West, which is adjacent to the 2011 Butch discovery, is situated in approximately 65m water depth in the Norwegian North Sea, close to significant existing infrastructure with the giant Ula field approximately seven kilometres to the north-west, Tambar approximately ten kilometres to the south west and Gyda approximately 20 kilometres to the south. The significant Butch Main oil discovery (Faroe 15%) was made in late 2011 and contains a light crude oil in a high quality reservoir, the Upper Jurassic reservoir of the Ula formation. The Butch South West exploration well is located in a separate segment from both the Butch East well, the results of which were announced on 12th May 2014, and the Butch Main well. Centrica is currently working on a development plan for the Butch Main discovery, in parallel with drilling the Butch South West well. If Butch South West is successful the development has the potential to become a stand-alone design, with its own dedicated facility, instead of a sub-sea tie-back to existing nearby infrastructure. The Butch licence drilling operations are operated by Centrica (40%) using the ‘Maersk Giant’ jack-up drilling rig, together with the other joint venture partners Suncor Norge AS (30)% and Tullow Oil Norge AS (15)%. Graham Stewart, Chief Executive of Faroe Petroleum commented: “We are pleased to announce the spudding of the Butch South West exploration well which, if successful, offers the potential to add substantially to the volumes and value of the Butch field, as the adjacent Butch Main field is already on track for near-term development. “In the near term we also look forward to reporting the results from exploration drilling on the Bue prospect (Faroe 25%) in the Norwegian Sea in close proximity to the recently announced significant Pil oil and gas discovery.”

6 Jun 2014

Det Norske to use 'Maersk Giant' on Heimdalshøe prospect

Det norske oljeselskap ASA has received consent for exploration drilling using the ‘Mærsk Giant’ mobile drilling facility to drill well 2/9-5 S Heimdalshø, in production licence 494. The well is in the southern part of the North Sea, around 34 km west of Valhall. Water depth at the site is approx. 65 metres. Drilling is planned to begin in July 2014, with a duration of around 60 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. ‘Mærsk Giant’ is a jack-up mobile drilling facility. It is owned and operated by the A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group. It was built in Japan by Hitachi and completed in 1986. ‘Mærsk Giant’ can operate in water depths of up to 107 metres and accommodates 87 people.

30 Jun 2014

Det Norske granted approval to use 'Maersk Giant' on Heimdalshø prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap ASA a drilling permit for well 2/9-5 S. Well 2/9-5 S will be drilled from the Mærsk Giant drilling facility at position 56°24’45.50’’ north and 03°55’06.08” east. The drilling program for well 2/9/-5 S relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 494. Det norske oljeselskap is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The licensees are Bridge Energy Norge AS with 30 per cent, Dana Petroleum Norway AS with 24 per cent and Fortis Petroleum Norway AS with 16 per cent. Production licence 494 was awarded in APA 2008. The area in this production licence is located in the southern part of the North Sea and consists of the north-eastern part of block 2/9. Well 2/9-5 S is the first exploration well in this production licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

7 Jul 2014

Butch South West comes up dry for Centrica

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisaland production opportunities in the Atlantic margin, the North Sea and Norway, announces that drilling has reached target depth on the Centrica-operated Butch South West exploration well 8/10-6S which follows up the Butch East well and the Butch Main discovery (Faroe 15%). The Butch Sout West exploration well 8/10-6S spudded in early June 2014 and reached total depth of 1,945 metres in the Permian Zechstein salt formation. The well-targeted sandstones of the Upper Jurassic reservoir of the Ula formation and whilst a good quality reservoir was confirmed with a 55 metre gross section, no hydrocarbons were encountered. The Butch South West drilling operations were undertaken by Centrica (40%) using the ‘Maersk Giant’ jackup drilling rig, together with the other joint venture partners Suncor Norge AS (30%) and Tullow Oil Norge AS (15%). Well 8/10-6S will now be plugged and abandoned. The operator is currently working on a development plan for the significant Butch Main discovery, with concept selection expected in early 2015.

23 Jul 2014

DNO spuds Heimdalsho prospect in Norway

Det norske oljeselskap ASA (DNO) has announced the successful spudding of the 2/9-5S well targeting the Heimdalsho prospect on PL 494 in Norway on 21st July 2014. Fortis Petroleum, a partner in the license confirmed the spudding of the well by the ‘Maersk Giant’ jackup rig.

29 Aug 2014

DNO announces dry well on Heimdalshø

Det norske oljeselskap ASA, as operator of production license 494, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 2/9-5S. The well was drilled about 30 km east of the Valhall field on the Heimdalshø prospect. 2/9-5S was the first well to test a new play concept in the Mandal High area, where Johan Sverdrup and Utsira High is the analogue. The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks and secondary to prove sandstones with hydrocarbons in the pre-Jurassic rocks. The well encountered a few thin sandstones with reservoir quality in the main target and only few and thin sandstones in the secondary target. No traces of hydrocarbons were proven. 2/9-5S is the first exploration well in production license 494, awarded in the APA2008. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,525.5 meters below sea level (3,587 meters MDRKB) and was completed in rocks expected to be of Permian age. The water depth is 65 meters. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 2/9-5S was drilled by the drilling rig ‘Maersk Giant’, which will now go to the Yme field operated by Talisman. Det norske oljeselskap ASA is the operator of the license with a 30 percent working interest. Other partners are Dana Petroleum with 24 percent, Fortis Petroleum with 16 percent, Spike Exploration with 15 percent and Tullow Oil with 15 percent.

9 Sep 2014

NPD confirms DNO dry well at Heimdalsho prospect in Norway

Det norske oljeselskap ASA, operator of production licence 494, has completed drilling of wildcat well 2/9-5 S. The well is dry. The well was drilled about 30 km northeast of the Valhall field in the southern part of the North Sea. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (Tyne group). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Pre-Jurassic reservoir rocks. The well encountered the primary exploration target with thin sandstones and few and thin sandstones in the secondary exploration target. This is the first exploration well in production licence 494. The licence was awarded in APA 2008. Well 2/9-5 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 3617 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in basement rocks. Water depth is 65 metres. The well has been plugged and abandoned. The well was drilled by the Mærsk Giant drilling facility, which will now proceed to the Yme field where Talisman Energy Norge AS is the operator.

16 Sep 2014

'Maersk Giant' to be used as accommodation unit on Yme field

The PSA has given Talisman Energy Norge AS (Talisman) consent to use the ‘Mærsk Giant’ mobile drilling facility as living quarters on the Yme field. The Yme field is in the south-eastern section of the North Sea in 77-93 metres of water. The field was first developed in 1995, in production licence 114, with Statoil as the operator. The production period lasted from 1996 to 2001. In 2006, new licensees in production licence 316/316B, with Talisman as the operator, decided to recover remaining resources with a new MOPU (Mobile Offshore Production Unit). The facility is located on an oil storage tank on the seabed. Having discovered serious structural defects, in the summer of 2012, Talisman took the decision to deman the Yme facility. The licensees have since decided to remove the facility from the field. Under Talisman's schedule, Yme will be removed in the summer of 2015. The consent that has now been granted covers the use of the ‘Mærsk Giant’ mobile drilling facility as living accommodation during preparations for removal. Activities are scheduled to begin in Q3 2014 and last for 4 to 5 months.

15 Jan 2015

PSA investigates Maersk Giant liftboat incident

The PSA has decided to investigate the lifeboat incident which occurred on the Mærsk Giant mobile drilling facility on 14 January 2015. The incident occurred during testing of the lifeboat systems on the Mærsk Giant mobile drilling facility. Mærsk Giant is equipped with conventional lowered lifeboats. During testing, one of the lifeboats was unintentionally lowered to the sea. The lifeboat then drifted underneath the facility. The wire rope which the lifeboat was lowered on wore through. Following the incident, the lifeboat drifted away from Mærsk Giant with an emergency vessel as escort. There were no personnel on board the lifeboat when the incident occurred. The PSA takes a serious view of the incident, and has decided to undertake an investigation. The object of our investigation is to ascertain the sequence of events, proximate and underlying causes, actual and potential consequences and to identify any regulatory breaches. The intention is to contribute to learning and transfer of experience – and thereby to help prevent similar incidents. The investigation will result in a report that will be published on ptil.no. The PSA's investigation team began its work on 14 January. Mærsk Giant is presently positioned on the Yme field in the southern North Sea. Talisman Energy Norge AS has consent from the PSA to use Mærsk Giant as living quarters in connection with preparations for removing the Yme facility.

23 Feb 2015

Talisman to use 'Maersk Giant' for exploration drilling at Snømus prospect

Talisman Energy Norge AS (“Talisman”) has received consent for exploration drilling of well 15/12-24. Talisman is the operator for production licence 672 in block 15/12 in the central North Sea. Talisman is to drill well 15/12-24 in a prospect named Snømus, to investigate the find's potential. The well will be drilled by Mærsk Giant which is a jack-up mobile drilling facility. It is owned and operated by the A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group. It was built in Japan by Hitachi and completed in 1986. Mærsk Giant can operate in water depths of up to 107 metres and accommodates 87 people.

13 Apr 2015

Talisman spuds Snomus prospect in Norway

Fortis Petroleum Norway AS (“Fortis”) has announced the successful spudding of exploration well 15/12-24 S. Fortis was informed of the spudding by Talisman Energy Norge AS (“Talisman”), the operator, that the Maersk Giant jackup rig spudded the exploration well on the 13th April 2015. The well is designed to test the hydrocarbon potential of the Snomus prospect in PL 672. Drilling is expected to take approximately 67 days.

7 May 2015

Talisman set to plug wells on Varg field

Talisman Energy AS (“TENAS”) has received consent to use the Mærsk Giant jackup for well plugging on the Varg field. TENAS received consent to use Mærsk Giant for plugging wells 15/12-A-2, A-4, A-9, A-11, A-12, A-13, A-15 and A-16 on the Varg field. TENAS has allocated up to 153 days for the activity, which will start in mid-May 2015. Water depth at the site is 367 metres. Varg is an oil field located south of Sleipner East in the central sector of the North Sea. The field will be produced using the Petrojarl Varg production vessel, which has integrated oil storage and is tied to the Varg A well-head facility.

20 May 2015

Talisman announces dry well at Snømus prospect

Talisman Energy Norge AS, operator of production licence 672, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 15/12-24 S. The well was drilled in the central part of the North Sea about six kilometres north of the Varg field and 220 kilometres southwest of Stavanger. The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ula and Sandnes formations) and in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Hugin and Sleipner formations). The well encountered about 195 metres of sandstone mixed with siltstone in the Ula formation, of which 155 metres are sandstone of good to very good reservoir quality. The well also encountered 85 metres of sandstone mixed with siltstone in the Skagerrak formation in Upper Triassic, of which 45 metres are sandstone of generally poor reservoir quality. The well has weak traces of petroleum in sandstone rocks in both the Ula and Skagerrak formations. The well is classified as dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 672. The licence was awarded in APA 2012. The well was drilled to vertical and measured depths of 3136 and 3141 metres below sea level, respectively, and was terminated in the Skagerrak formation in the Upper Triassic. Water depth at the site is 86 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 15/12-24 S was drilled by the Maersk Giant drilling facility, which will now start permanent plugging of wells on the Varg field in production licence 038 in the North Sea, where Talisman Energy Norge AS is the operator.

10 Aug 2015

Maersk Drilling secures contract for 'Maersk Giant'

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new contract for the jackup rig Mærsk Giant with Danish energy company DONG Energy. The firm contract covers 150 days of work on the Nini and Siri field in the Danish part of the North Sea. The estimated contract value is USD16m. The contract is in direct continuation of the current contract with Talisman keeping Maersk Giant employed until March 2016. “We are very pleased to continue our good corporation with DONG Energy, one of our key customers in the North Sea,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group and continues: “In order to navigate the low visibility in the current market, it is essential that we reduce our exposure by securing a solid contract backlog. Therefore, it is also rewarding to see that we secure employment for the Mærsk Giant, which otherwise would have been stacked.”

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