Rig: Transocean Spitsbergen

Name Transocean Spitsbergen
Owner Transocean Spitsbergen ASA
Manager Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc.
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 6500
Max Drill Depth (ft) 30000
Dimensions (ft) 394 x 253 x 127
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Norway
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco ADS 30Q
Drawworks HP 1000
Mud Pumps Type AKMH Wirth TPK 2200
Top Drive Aker Maritime Hydraulics DDM-908
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Aker
Rig Model H-6e
Year Built 2009
Country of Build Norway
Yard Name Stord Shipyard
Group Yard Name Aker Solutions ASA

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Equinor

Rig Images

News

3 Jul 2017

Kick-off for Statoil’s UK exploration campaign

Statoil will soon commence a three-well exploration drilling campaign on the UK continental shelf. In early July, the Transocean Spitsbergen semi-submersible rig will spud the first well in the campaign. “This is an exciting campaign testing three very different opportunities on the UKCS. We hope to make discoveries that can add value to existing projects and also provide the resources necessary for new developments on the UKCS,” says Jenny Morris, vice president Exploration, UK. The wells will be drilled in a continuous campaign that is expected to last approximately 2-3 months. The first well, Mariner Segment 9, could prove additional resources and increase the extent of the Mariner Field. After completing the well, expected to take between 15 and 25 days, the rig will move to Jock Scott, a prospect on the underexplored margins of the Viking Graben. The well is expected to be completed in 20-40 days. The last well of the campaign will be the Verbier opportunity in the Moray Firth area. The well is assumed to take 30-70 days to complete. “We have three exciting wells to test with a proven and efficient rig that will enable us to continue to develop our understanding of the full exploration potential of this mature basin and hopefully add new commercial reserves to our UK portfolio,” says Morris.

12 May 2017

Dry well west of the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea – 6705/7-1

Repsol Norge AS, operator of production licence 705, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 6705/7-1. The well was drilled about 80 kilometres northwest of the Aasta Hansteen field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks (Nise formation). Well 6705/7-1 encountered two reservoir intervals with a total thickness of about 200 metres of sandstone in the Nise formation with good to moderate reservoir quality. The reservoir rocks only contain weak traces of gas. The well is classified as dry. Data acquisition and sampling were carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 705. The licence was awarded in the 22nd licensing round in 2013. Well 6705/7-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3250 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Nise formation in the Upper Cretaceous. Water depth at the site is 1404 metres. The well has now been permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 6705/7-1 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility. Following a short break, the rig will proceed to the UK shelf to drill three wells for Statoil.

4 May 2017

Transocean Spitsbergen Completes Repsol Contract

Repsol has completed drilling the 6705/7-1 exploration well on production licence 705. The well was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen and was spudded in March 2017. The Transocean Spitsbergen has demobilised from the drill site and is currently laid-up in Norway. The rig is due to move to the UKCS to drill three exploration wells for Statoil on the Mariner, Jock Scott and Verbier licenses.

2 Mar 2017

Repsol receives consent for exploration drilling

Repsol has received consent to drill exploration well 6705/7-1 in the Norwegian Sea. Repsol Norge AS (Repsol) is the operator for production licence 705 in the Norwegian Sea. The PSA has given Repsol consent to drill exploration well 6705/7-1 in a prospect named Stordal. The drilling site is in the deep-water section of the Norwegian Sea, around 395 kilometres west of Bodø. Water depth at the site is 1410 metres. Drilling is scheduled to start in early March and to last 33 days, or 48 days if a discovery is made. The well is to be drilled by Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type, owned and operated by Transocean Offshore Ltd. It was built at the Aker Stord yard in 2009, is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DNV GL. Transocean Spitsbergen received a new Acknowledgement of Compliance from the PSA in November 2012 following a change of ownership.

23 Feb 2017

Drilling permit for well 6705/7-1 in production licence 705

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Repsol Norge AS a drilling permit for well 6705/7-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 6705/7-1 will be drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 67°15'5.14" north and 5°10'29.12" east, after completing the drilling of wildcat well 205/23-3a on the British side for Hurricane. The drilling programme for well 6705/7-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 705. Repsol Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are DEA Norge AS with 30 per cent and M Vest Energy AS with 30 per cent. The area in this licence consists of blocks 6705/8 and 6705/9, in addition to parts of blocks 6705/7 and 6705/10. The well will be drilled about 330 kilometres west of Bodø. Production licence 705 was awarded on 21 June 2013 (22nd licensing round). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activities.

16 Jan 2017

Halifax 205/23-A - Well Spud

Hurricane Energy plc, the UK based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, announces the spudding of well 205/23-A (the "Halifax Well") on 15 January 2017. The recently drilled Lancaster Pilot well (205/21a-7) encountered a minimum oil down to (ODT) of 1,620m TVDSS, indicating that the Lancaster oil accumulation is likely to extend beyond the Lancaster licence boundary. The recently awarded P2308 licence ("Halifax") is contiguous to, and extends north east from, Hurricane's existing Lancaster licence. The Company believes that if mobile oil can be demonstrated outside of local structural closure by the Halifax Well, then the Lancaster field could extend further north east along the Rona Ridge. A previous well (205/23-2) drilled on the Halifax structure encountered oil and gas shows in sandstones immediately above the basement. In addition, Hurricane's analysis of basement cuttings from the 205/23-2 well indicates the presence of oil thus mitigating the oil charge risk to Halifax. Seismic interpretation indicates the presence of a well-defined fault network within the fractured basement of the Halifax Prospect, analogous to that seen in Lancaster. The Company plans to drill the Halifax Well below local structural closure and will then perform an open hole drill stem test ("DST"). In the event of a successful DST, it is envisaged that the well will be deepened to investigate the oil water contact.

6 Jul 2016

Lancaster 205/21a-7 Well Spud

Hurricane Energy plc, the UK-based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, announces that the 205/21a-7 well on the Lancaster field, West of Shetland, was spudded at approximately 01.35 hrs on 6 July 2016, using the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. The well is located on licence P1368 Central in which Hurricane has a 100% interest. The 205/21a-7 Pilot Well (the "Pilot Well") is the first in a two-well programme designed to refine the Lancaster resource range, provide a second future production well and provide new information to help optimally plan the Lancaster field development.

6 Apr 2016

OMV operated successful horizontal appraisal well for Wisting in Norway

OMV has successfully completed drilling and testing of the Wisting Central II appraisal well. The horizontal well was drilled in the Wisting field in the Barents Sea, about 310 km north of Hammerfest. The Wisting field is the northernmost oil discovery in Norway. Wisting Central II is the fifth well in the production license PL537, which was awarded in the 20th licensing round in 2009. The well objectives were to confirm the potential of the discovery by proving the presence of hydrocarbons in the undrilled Wisting Central South and Central West segments, and to prove the technical concept of long-reach horizontal wells in a shallow reservoir, about 250 meters below seabed. The possibility to drill such wells is needed to establish the basis for a viable development of the Wisting discovery. A well test was performed and flow rates reached just above 5,000 boe/d. The well results are expected to provide an increase of in-place volumes in the Central South and Central West segments, and further reduce the overall uncertainty of contingent resources in PL537. The Wisting Central II well is the first horizontal appraisal well in the Barents Sea and sets a new drilling record; it is the shallowest horizontal offshore well drilled from a floating drilling facility. Water depth at Wisting is 402 meters. The well started vertically and was successfully steered into a horizontal orientation within a 250 meters depth interval. The total well length is 2,354 meters and the horizontal section measures 1,402 meters. Advanced data collection and geo-steering was conducted through the entire horizontal phase. The well was spudded on January 15, 2016, by the semisubmersible rig Transocean Spitsbergen. The well test was finalized end of March and the well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. "OMV is very satisfied with the well test results, which are promising. This well is an important milestone towards a future field development on Wisting" said Johann Pleininger, OMV Executive Board member responsible for Upstream. OMV (Norge) AS as operator has 25% share in the PL537 license. Joint venture partners are Petoro (20%), Idemitsu (20%), Tullow (20%) and Statoil (15%).

6 Apr 2016

Delineation of the 7324/8-1 (Wisting) oil discovery in the Barents Sea – 7324/7-3

OMV Norge AS, operator of production licence 537, is in the process of completing the drilling of appraisal well 7324/7-3 S on the 7324/8-1 (Wisting) oil discovery. The well was drilled about 310 km north of Hammerfest. The discovery was proven in reservoir rocks from the Middle and Early Jurassic (upper Realgrunnen subgroup) in 2013. Before well 7324/7-3 S was drilled, the operator's resource estimate for the Wisting area was between 32 and 80 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. The objective of the well was to confirm the size of the 7324/8-1 discovery in the "Wisting Central Sør" and "Wisting Central Vest" segments. An additional objective was to test whether the well can be drilled horizontally in the shallow reservoir approximately 250 m below the seafloor, as well as to formation-test the Stø formation. The well was drilled with a horizontal section of about 1400 metres. It encountered sandstones in the Stø and Fruholmen formations. The "Wisting Central Sør" segment has good reservoir properties in the Stø formation and moderate reservoir properties in the Fruholmen formation. Reservoir quality in the Stø formation in the "Wisting Central Vest" segment is also good. The oil/water contact was not encountered. The estimate of the discovery size will be updated based on evaluation of the new well data. The result will be important for further maturation of the Wisting area, as regards a potential development. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. A successful formation test was conducted in the Stø formation in the "Wisting Central Vest" segment. Maximum production rates were 762 Sm3 of oil and 48 310 Sm3 of associated gas per flow day through a 104/64-inch nozzle opening. The gas/oil ratio is 73 Sm3/Sm3. The formation test revealed production and flow properties that were mainly good. This is the fifth exploration well in production licence 537. The licence was awarded in the 20th licensing round in 2009. Appraisal well 7324/7-3 S was drilled to vertical and measured depths of 673 and 2314 metres, respectively, below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Stø formation from the Middle Jurassic Age. Water depth in the area is 402 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

22 Dec 2015

Drilling permit for well 7324/7-3 S in production licence 537

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has issued a drilling permit to OMV Norge AS for well 7324/7-3 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7324/7-3 S will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility in position 73o26`30.78" north and 24o15´39.88" east. The drilling programme for well 7324/7-3 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 537. OMV Norge AS is the operator with a 25 per cent ownership interest. The other licensees are Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS with 20 per cent, Petoro AS with 20 per cent, Tullow Oil Norge AS with 20 per cent and Statoil Petroleum AS with 15 per cent. The production licence comprises blocks 7324/7 and 7324/8, and was awarded in the 20th licensing round in 2009. Wildcat well 7324/7-3 S will be the fifth exploration well in production licence 537. The permit is conditional upon the operator securing all other consents and permits required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

9 Jun 2015

Statoil makes minor gas discovery at Gymir prospect

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 602, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 6706/11-2. The well encountered gas. The well was drilled about 20 kilometres west of the Aasta Hansteen field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks (the Nise formation). The well encountered a total gas column of about 70 metres in the Nise formation, of which 40 metres in sandstone with very good reservoir quality. Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between one and three billion standard cubic metres (Sm3 ) of recoverable gas. The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The licensees will assess the discovery together with other discoveries in this production licence and the neighbouring licence (218) with regard to development and tie-in to the Aasta Hansteen field. This is the second exploration well in production licence 602. The licence was awarded in the 21st licensing round in 2011. Well 6706/11-2 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2556 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Nise formation in the Upper Cretaceous. Water depth at the site is 1272 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 6706/11-2 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, which will now be laid up at Averøy outside Kristiansund. The rig has completed its Contract with Statoil.

26 May 2015

PSA approves Statoil's exploration plan for well 6706/11-2

Statoil has received consent to drill exploration well 6706/11-2 in the Norwegian Sea. Statoil is the operator for production licence 602 in block 6706/11 in the Norwegian Sea. The field is located around 233 kilometres from the nearest mainland at Skomvær in the county of Nordland. Drilling is scheduled to begin in June 2015 and estimated to last 28 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. Drilling will be performed using Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type. The facility was completed in 2009 at the Aker Solutions yard in Stord; it is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DNV GL.

22 May 2015

Statoil's Bister prospect disappoints

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 348 C, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat wells 6407/8-7 and 6407/8-7 A. Both wells have been drilled about four kilometres north of the Hyme field in the southern part of the Norwegian Sea and 140 kilometres north of Kristiansund. The primary exploration target in well 6407/8-7 was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ile formation). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Tilje and Åre formations). The well encountered about 95 metres of the Ile formation, of which 70 metres were sandstone with good reservoir properties. The Tilje and Åre formations were also encountered, in thicknesses of 200 and 170 metres respectively, of which 160 and 75 metres respectively are sandstone with good reservoir quality. The well is dry. The purpose of well 6407/8-7 A was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Tilje formation) higher up in the structure. The well encountered about 110 metres of reservoir rocks in the Tilje formation, of which 80 metres were sandstone of good reservoir quality. The well also encountered 200 metres of the Åre formation, of which 95 metres were sandstone with good reservoir properties. The well is classified as dry. Data collection has been carried out in both wells. These are the first and second exploration wells in production licence 348 C. Wells 6407/8-7 and 6407/8-7 A were drilled to measured depths of 3030 and 3178 metres, respectively, and vertical depths of 3030 and 2810 metres below the sea surface. Both were terminated in the Åre formation in the Lower Jurassic. Water depth at the site is 259 metres. The wells will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. The wells were drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, which will now move on to drill wildcat well 6706/11-2 in the Norwegian Sea in production licence 602, where Statoil is the operator.

22 May 2015

Statoil lines up drilling of Gymir prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 6706/11-2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 6706/11-2 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility in position 67°03’56.97”north and 06°32’57.45”east after completing the drilling of wildcat wells 6407/8-7 and 6407/8-7 A for Statoil in production licence 348 C. The drilling program for well 6706/11-2 relates to the drilling of wildcat wells in production licence 602. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Centrica Resources AS (20 per cent), Petoro AS (20 per cent), Rocksources Exploration Norway AS (10 per cent), Wintershall Norge AS (10 per cent) and Atlantic Petroleum Norge (10 per cent). The area in this licence consists of part of block 6706/10, block 6706/11 and part of block 6706/12. The well will be drilled about 22 kilometres west of Aasta Hansteen (the Haklang field). Production licence 602 was awarded on 13 May 2011 in the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the second well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is conditional upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

5 May 2015

Statoil drilling at Bister prospect approved

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wellbore 6407/8-7, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Wellbore 6407/8-7 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility in position 64° 23' 4.06'' north and 7° 33' 42.8'' east. The drilling programme for wellbore 6407/8-7 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 348 C. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 35 per cent. The other licensees are GDF SUEZ E&P Norge AS (20 per cent), E.ON E&P Norway AS (17.5 per cent), Core Energy AS (17.5 per cent), Faroe Petroleum Norway AS (7.5 per cent) and VNG Norge AS (2.5 per cent). The area in this licence consists of part of block 6407/8. The well will be drilled about 4.5 kilometres north of the Hyme field and about 22 kilometres northeast of the Njord field. Production licence 348 C was awarded on 13 February 2015. 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.

28 Apr 2015

Statoil given green light to drill Bister prospect

Statoil Petroleum AS (“Statoil”), the operator of production licence 348 in block 6407/8 in the Norwegian Sea has been given approval to drill exploration well 6407/8-7 in Norway. Exploration well 6407/8-7 is to be drilled in a prospect called Bister. The drilling site is 80 km from the nearest mainland at Mausund, north of Frøya in the county of Sør-Trøndelag. Water depth at the site is 259 metres. Drilling is scheduled to begin in May 2015 and estimated to last 29 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. Drilling is to be performed by Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type.

13 Apr 2015

Statoil makes minor gas discovery near Aasta Hansteen

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 602, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 6706/12-3. The well proved gas. The well was drilled about 12 kilometres west of the Aasta Hansteen field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks, with a primary exploration target in the Nise formation and a secondary exploration target in the Kvitnos formation. The well encountered a total gas column of 38 metres in the Nise formation, of which about 30 metres in sandstone of extremely good reservoir quality. In the Kvitnos formation, the well encountered aquiferous sandstone, of which about 35 metres with good reservoir quality. Preliminary estimates of the size of the discovery are between 2-7 billion standard cubic metres (Sm³) of recoverable gas. The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The licensees will evaluate the discovery along with other discoveries, as regards a tie-in to the Aasta Hansteen field. This is the first exploration well in production licence 602, which was awarded in the 21st licensing round in 2011. Well 6706/12-3 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3296 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Kvitnos formation in the Upper Cretaceous. Water depth at the site is 1287 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 6706/12-3 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, which will now permanently plug 34/11-2 S near the Gullfaks field in the North Sea, where Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator.

18 Mar 2015

Statoil finds gas at Snefrid Nord

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 218, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 6706/12-2. The well was drilled about six kilometres west of the Aasta Hansteen field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rock from the Upper Cretaceous (the Nise Formation). The well encountered a total gas column of about 105 metres and a four-metre oil column in the Nise Formation, about 75 metres of which is in sandstone of very good reservoir quality. Preliminary calculations of the size of the discovery are between five and nine billion standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable gas. The licensees will consider the discovery along with other discoveries as regards a tie-in to the Aasta Hansteen field. The well was not formation tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the fifth exploration well in production licence 218. The licence was awarded on 2 February 1996 in the 15th licensing round. Appraisal well 6706/12-2 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2714 metres below sea level and was terminated in the Nise Formation in the Upper Cretaceous. Water depth at the site is 1312 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 6706/12-2 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, which will now proceed to drill wildcat well 6706/12-3 in production licence 602 near the Aasta Hansteen field, also operated by Statoil Petroleum AS.

13 Mar 2015

Statoil set to spud Roald Rygg prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 6706/12-3, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 6706/12-3 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 67°04’5.85” north and 6°43’54.45” east after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6706/12- 2 for Statoil Petroleum AS in production licence 218. The drilling programme for well 6706/12-3 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 602. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Centrica Resources AS (20 per cent), Petoro AS (20 per cent), Rocksources Exploration Norway AS (10 per cent), Wintershall Norge AS (10 per cent) and Atlantic Petroleum Norge (10 per cent). The area in this licence consists of a part of block 6706/10, block 6706/11 and a part of block 6706/12. The well will be drilled about 16 kilometres west of Aasta Hansteen (the Haklang field). Production licence 602 was awarded on 13 May 2011 in the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This was the first 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.

2 Mar 2015

Statoil receives consent to drill Roald Rygg

Statoil is the operator for production licence 602 in block 6706/12 in the Norwegian Sea. Statoil is to drill well 6706/12-3 Roald Rygg, to investigate the find's potential. Expected start-up is March 2015 with a duration of approx. 34 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. Transocean Spitsbergen is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type. It was built at the Aker Stord yard, is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DNV GL.

18 Feb 2015

Statoil given approval to drill Snefrid Nord prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 6706/12-2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 6706/12-2 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility in position 67°05’08,63” north and 06°52’00,09”east. The drilling program for well 6706/12-2 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 218. Statoil is the operator with an ownership interest of 51 per cent. The other licensees are Wintershall Norge AS (24 per cent), OMV Norge AS (15 per cent) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (10 per cent). The area in this licence consists of part of block 6706/12 and part of block 6707/10. The well will be drilled about six kilometres northwest of the Aasta Hansteen field. Production licence 218 was awarded on 2 February 15 1996 (the 15th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the fifth well 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.

23 Jan 2015

'Transocean Spitsbergen' to come off standby rate by spudding Snedfrid Nord prospect

Statoil has received consent to drill exploration well 6706/12-2. Statoil is the operator for production licence 218 in block 6706/12 in the Norwegian Sea. Statoil applied for consent to drill exploration well 6706/12-2 using Transocean Spitsbergen in a prospect named Snedfrid Nord. Drilling is planned to begin in February 2015, with a duration of 33 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.

7 Nov 2014

Statoil drills dry well in Barents Sea

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 230, has completed drilling of wildcat well 7227/10-1. The well was drilled about 30 kilometres southwest of the 7228/7-1 oil and gas discovery and about 210 kilometres northeast of Hammerfest. The primary exploration target for the well was proving petroleum in Late Triassic reservoir rocks (Snadd formation). The secondary exploration target was proving petroleum in Middle Triassic reservoir rocks (Kobbe formation), as well as investigating the presence and quality of Early to Middle Triassic source rock. The well encountered about 40-metre thick reservoir rocks in the Snadd formation and about 15-metre thick reservoir rocks in the Kobbe formation, both with poor reservoir quality. The well is dry. Data acquisition and sampling were carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 230, which was awarded in the Barents Sea project in 1997. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3095 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Kobbe formation. Water depth is 232 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 7227/10-1 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, which will now proceed to wildcat well 7324/9-1 in the Barents Sea to cut and pull the wellhead. The well is located in production licence 614, where Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator.

6 Nov 2014

Statoil stacks a further two semisubs

Statoil has decided to suspend two new rigs due to overcapacity in the rig portfolio. Transocean Spitsbergen and Songa Trym will be suspended through 2014, a period which might be extended. The exploration programme in the Barents Sea for 2014 is nearing completion. After Transocean Spitsbergen has completed the Saturn well the rig will cut and retrieve a wellhead in the Mercury exploration well. The job is estimated to be finished in mid-November. Subsequently the rig will be suspended to the end of the year. The suspension is a result of overcapacity in Statoil’s rig portfolio, and unsuccessful attempts to mature alternative assignments for the rig. “The exploration programme has been highly efficient. Transocean Spitsbergen drilled the last seven wells 40% faster than the industrial average in the Barents Sea. This allowed two more wells than originally planned to be drilled. We are very pleased with the work performed for us by Transocean. Unfortunately we are now in a situation of overcapacity, at the same time as the industry is facing high costs and lower profitability,” says Statoil’s chief procurement officer Jon Arnt Jacobsen. Transocean Spitsbergen is planning a yard stay from 1 January 2015. The rig is under contract to Statoil to the start of 3Q 2015. Songa Trym will be suspended after the rig has completed plugging a well on the Oseberg field in the North Sea. This job is scheduled to be completed in mid-November. “Songa Trym has delivered well on efficiency and safety, and we would have liked to use the rig also for the rest of the year. We have tried to find new assignments for the rig, but our attempts to realise the identified options have not been successful. We are now together with our partners maturing identified drilling assignments for both rigs for 2015,” says Jacobsen. After the two rigs are suspended Statoil will have 15 rigs in activity on the Norwegian continental shelf.

16 Oct 2014

Statoil uses contract provision to lower rate for 'Transocean Spitsbergen'

Statoil has made a number of changes to its Norwegian rig portfolio in recent months and it appears that the operator has not finished yet. Having already suspended the contracts for the COSLPioneer and Scarabeo 5 units for the remainder of 2014, today Transocean announced that Statoil has exercised a provision its contract for the Transocean Spitsbergen. The unit which has been contracted by Statoil since its delivery in 2009 will operate at a reduced dayrate of around USD400k from the 10th November 2014 through to the 31st December 2014. This move is in line with the operators 2014 policy of focusing on capital discipline, with the recent high rates for rigs on the NCS being described as ‘unsustainable’ by Statoil.

15 Oct 2014

Statoil given approval to drill Saturn prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7227/10-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7227/10-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 72°09’ 48.72" north and 70° 14´ 18.14" east. The drilling programme for well 7227/10-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 230. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with a 35 per cent ownership interest and the licensees are Spike Exploration Holding AS with 30 per cent, Explora Petroleum AS with 20 per cent and GDF SUEZ E&P Norge AS with 15 per cent. The production licence consists of parts of blocks 7227/8, 7227/9 and 7227/10. The licence was awarded in the Barents Sea project in 1997. Wildcat well 7227/10-1 will be the first exploration well in production licence 230. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

10 Oct 2014

Statoil discovers gas at Isfjell

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 714, is currently completing the drilling of wildcat well 7220/2-1. The well was drilled about 40 kilometres northeast of the oil and gas discovery 7220/8-1 Johan Castberg in the Barents Sea, and about 260 kilometres northwest of Hammerfest. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove the presence of petroleum in Middle to Early Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Stø, Nordmela and Tubåen formations). The secondary target was to prove the presence of petroleum in Late/Middle Triassic reservoir rocks (the Snadd formation). The well encountered a gas column of about 85 meters in the Stø and Nordmela formations with a reservoir quality ranging from very good to excellent. The Snadd formation was found to have more varied reservoir properties, but is an aquifer. Preliminary estimations of the size of the discovery are between 1 and 2 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) of recoverable gas. The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data collection and sampling have been carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 714. The licence was awarded in the 22nd licensing round in 2013. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1554 meters below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Snadd formation. The water depth is 429 meters. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 7220/2-1 was drilled by the 'Transocean Spitsbergen' drilling facility, which will now proceed to drill wildcate well 7227/10-1 in production licence 230, where Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator.

30 Sep 2014

Statoil to use 'Transocean Spitsbergen' to drill Saturn

The PSA has given Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) consent for exploration drilling using the ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ mobile drilling facility in the Barents Sea. The consent applies to drilling of exploration well 7227/10-1 in production licence 230 in the Barents Sea. The well has been given the prospect name of "Saturn". Water depth at the site is around 232 metres. The location is approximately 116 kilometres from the nearest land, at Kinnarodden in Lebesby/Gamvik municipality in the county of Finnmark. The earliest start-up for drilling is the second half of October 2014. The operations are estimated to last 45 days. ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type.

26 Sep 2014

Statoil confirms gas discovery at Pingvin prospect

Statoil has together with PL713 partners made a gas discovery in the Pingvin prospect in the Barents Sea. The discovery is a play opener in a frontier unexplored area of the Barents Sea northwest of Johan Castberg. The discovery well 7319/12-1, drilled by the drilling rig ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’, proved a 15-metre gas column in the well path. Statoil estimates the volumes in Pingvin to be in the range of 30-120 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent. The discovery is currently assessed as non-commercial. “Pingvin is the first well drilled in PL713 – a large frontier area northwest of Johan Castberg awarded in the 22nd concession round. For a discovery in this area to be commercially viable it needs to be an oil accumulation of a significant size. A gas discovery does not have commercial value at present. "On the positive side, it is encouraging that the first well drilled in this unexplored area has proven hydrocarbons in sandstones. This indicates that we have both a reservoir and a working hydrocarbon system in the area, and creates a good basis for further subsurface work in the licence,” says Dan Tuppen, vice president exploration Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea. Pingvin is a good example of efficient exploration performance. “The partnership drilled Pingvin just 15 months after the acreage award. The chosen well location allowed us to clarify the hydrocarbon volume in the structure with one very efficiently executed exploration well,” says Tuppen. Exploration well 7319/12-1 is located in PL713 about 65 kilometres northwest of the Johan Castberg discovery. Statoil is operator with an interest of 40%. The partners are RN Nordic Oil AS (20%), North Energy ASA (20%) and Edison International Norway Branch (20%).

19 Sep 2014

Statoil completes pingvin well with gas shows

North Energy has announced that drilling is being completed at Pingvin prospect (exploration well 7319/12-1). The well has identified gas in a sandstone reservoir. Extensive data have been acquired from the well through coring, wireline logging and liquid sampling. Updated information from the well will be provided as soon as the analyses have been completed. The partners in the licence are Statoil as operator with 40 per cent, RN Nordic Oil with 20 per cent, Edison with 20 per cent and North Energy with 20 per cent.

11 Sep 2014

Dry Barents sea well for Statoil at Ensis prospect

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 393 B, has completed drilling of wildcat well 7125/4-3. The well is dry. The well was drilled about four kilometres south of the 7125/4-1 oil and gas discovery and about 105 kilometres northeast of Hammerfest. The exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Early Cretaceous reservoir rocks (intra-Knurr formation). Well 7125/4-3 encountered approx. 35-metre thick reservoir rocks with poor reservoir quality in the Knurr formation. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 393 B, which was carved out from production licence 393 in 2010. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 993 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Hekkingen formation in the Late Jurassic. Water depth is 294 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 7125/4-3 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, which will now drill wildcat well 7319/12-1 in production licence 713, where Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator.

1 Sep 2014

Statoil receives consent to use 'Transocean Spitsbergen' drill Isfjell prospect from PSA

Statoil Petroleum AS has received consent for exploration drilling using the ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ mobile drilling facility to drill well 7220/2-1 Isfjell in production licence 714.The well lies in the Barents Sea, around 219 km from the nearest mainland at Ingøy in Måsøy municipality, Finnmark. Water depth at the site is approx. 429 metres. Drilling is planned to begin in August 2014, with a duration of around 30 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. In its decision to grant permission under the Pollution Act, the Norwegian Environment Agency has determined that Statoil may not drill in oil-bearing strata before 18th September 2014. This condition has been set to allow for appeals before the riskiest part of the operation gets under way. ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type. It was built at the Aker Stord yard, is registered in the Bahamas and classified by DnV.

26 Aug 2014

Statoil given approval to drill Pingvin prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wellbore 7319/12-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7319/12-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 73°02'34.20" north and 19°46'39.30" east. The drilling programme for well 7319/12-1 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 713. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are RN Nordic Oil AS, North Energy ASA and Edison International Norway Branch, each with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of blocks 7219/ 2, 3 and 7319/11, 12. Production licence 713 was awarded on 21 June 2013 in the 22nd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the first well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.

22 Aug 2014

Drilling permit for Ensis prospect granted

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7125/4-3, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7125/4-3 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 71°30'56.40" north and 25°12'56.70" east. The drilling programme for well 7125/4-3 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 393 B. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 per cent. The other licensees are Petoro AS (20 per cent), Concedo ASA (20 per cent) and OMV (Norge) AS (10 per cent). The area in this licence consists of parts of block 7125/4 and 7125/5. The well will be drilled about 110 kilometres northeast of Hammerfest. Production licence 393 B was awarded on 10 September 2010 (follow up to the 19th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the first 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.

22 Aug 2014

Statoil given go ahead to drill Isfjell prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum ASA a drilling permit for well 7220/2-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7220/2-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 72°48'43.85" north and 20°33'26.97" east. The drilling programme for well 7220/2-1 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 714. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 per cent. The other licensees are ENI Norge AS (30 per cent) and Petoro AS (20 per cent). The area in this licence consists of block 7220/2 and parts of block 7220/3. The well will be drilled about 35 kilometres north of the Johan Castberg field. Production licence 714 was awarded on 21 June 2013 (22nd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the first 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.

14 Aug 2014

Statoil given consent to drill Pingvin prospect

Statoil has received consent for exploration drilling using the ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ mobile drilling facility to drill well 7319/12-1 Pingvin in production licence 713. The well is in the Barents Sea, around 296 km from Hammerfest. Water depth at the site is approx. 422 metres. Drilling is planned to begin in August 2014, with a duration of around 28 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. In its decision to grant permission under the Pollution Act, the Norwegian Environment Agency has determined that Statoil may not drill in oil-bearing strata before 5th September 2014. This condition has been set to allow for appeals before the riskiest part of the operation gets under way.

7 Aug 2014

Mercury probe fails to find oil for Statoil

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 614, has concluded drilling of wildcat well 7324/9-1, which proved gas. The well was drilled approx. 20 kilometres southeast of the 7324/8-1(Wisting) discovery in the Barents Sea and 300 kilometres north of Hammerfest. The well’s primary exploration target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Middle Jurassic to Late Triassic Age (Realgrunn sub-group). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Late Triassic Age (the Snadd formation). Well 7324/9-1 encountered about ten metres of gas-filled reservoir rocks in the Stø formation in the Realgrunn sub-group with good reservoir quality. About 50 metres of net reservoir rocks were encountered in the Snadd formation; they were generally of poor reservoir quality, with a few zones with good reservoir quality. Preliminary calculations of the size of the discovery are between 1 and 2 billion standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable gas. Data collection and sampling have been carried out. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1060 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Snadd formation. Water depth is 414 metres. The well has now been permanently plugged and abandoned. This is the first exploration well in production licence 614, which was awarded in the 21st licencing round in 2011. Well 7324/9-1 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, which will move on to drill wildcat well 7125/4-3 in production licence 393 B, which is also operated by Statoil Petroleum AS.

30 Jul 2014

NPD grants Statoil permit to drill 7324/9-1 well in PL 614

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wellbore 7324/9-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Wellbore 7324/9-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 73° 19' 29.28'' north and 24° 50' 24.24'' east. The drilling programme for wellbore 7324/9-1 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 614. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 60 per cent. The other licensee is Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (40 per cent). The area in this licence consists of blocks 7324/9 and 7325/7. The well will be drilled about 20 kilometres southeast of the 7324/8-1 oil discovery and about 300 kilometres north of Hammerfest. Production licence 614 was awarded on 13 May 2011 (21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.

22 Jul 2014

Statoil makes small gas discovery with Atlantis prospect

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production license 615, has completed drilling of wildcat well 7325/1-1. The well proved gas. The well was drilled about 56 km northeast of oil discovery 7324/8-1 in the Barents Sea, 360 km north of Hammerfest. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks of Middle Triassic (Kobbe formation). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks of Middle and Early Triassic (Snadd and hooded seal formations). Well 7325/1-1 encountered about ten meters sandstone with traces of hydrocarbons in the Kobbe formation. Reservoir properties were poor. There were also encountered approximately 55 meters of net reservoir rock in Snadd formation which ten meters was filled with gas. Poor reservoir properties in the Kobbe and Snadd formation prevented the creation of pressure gradients. There was no evidence of sandstone in Klappmyss Formation, however, it was discovered about ten meters gross sandstone of poor quality in the Lower Triassic reservoir rocks (gray seal formation). Preliminary analysis indicates that the discovery is commercial. It is performed data collection and sampling. The well was completed in the gray seal formation at a depth of 2825 m below sea level. The well has been plugged and abandoned. This is the second exploration well in production license 615 . was awarded in the 21th licensing round in 2011. Well 7325/1-1 was drilled by the 'Transocean Spitsbergen' . The drilling rig will now proceed to production license 614 to drill wildcat well 7324/9-1.

9 Jul 2014

Statoil receives consent to use 'Transocean Spitsbergen' to drill Ensis prospect

Statoil has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 7125 4-3 Ensis in production licence 393 in the Barents Sea using the ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ mobile drilling facility. Water depth at the site is approximately 294 metres and it is around 42 kilometres to the nearest mainland at Knivskjelodden in Nordkapp municipality. Drilling is planned to begin in August 2014, with a duration of approximately 30 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type. It was built at the Aker Stord yard in 2009, is registered in the Bahamas and classified by DnV. The facility received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in October 2012.

20 Jun 2014

Statoil comes up dry at Apollo prospect

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 615, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 7324/2-1. The well was drilled about 45 kilometres north of the 7324/8-1 "Wisting Central" discovery, and 350 kilometres north of Hammerfest. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Middle Jurassic to Late Triassic Age (the Realgrunnen sub-group). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Late Triassic Age (the Snadd formation). Well 7324/2-1 encountered reservoir rocks about 15 metres thick and with good reservoir quality, in the Stø formation in the Realgrunnen sub-group. In the Snadd formation, about 170 metres of reservoir rocks were encountered, with mostly poor reservoir quality and just a few metres with good reservoir quality. The well is dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 615. The licence was awarded in the 21st licensing round in 2011. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1050 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Snadd formation from the Late Triassic. Water depth at the site is 443 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 7324/2-1 was drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, which will now drill wildcat well 7325/1-1 in the same production licence.

18 Jun 2014

Statoil given go ahead to drill Atlantis prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7325/1-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7325/1-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 73°54'49.50"north and 25°06'59.70"east. The drilling programme for well 7325/1-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 615. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with a 35 per cent ownership interest. The other licensees are ConocoPhillips Scandinavia AS with 25 per cent, OMV (Norge) AS with 20 per cent and Petoro AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of blocks 7324/1, 2, 3 and 7325/1. Production licence 615 was awarded on 13 May 2011 in the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the second 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 the drilling activity.

2 Jun 2014

PSA awards consent to 'Transocean Spitsbergen' for exploration drilling in PL615

Statoil Petroleum AS has received consent for exploration drilling using the ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ mobile drilling facility to drill well 7325/1 in production licence 615. The well lies in the Barents Sea, around 300 km from the nearest mainland at Knivskjellodden in Nordkapp municipality. Water depth at the site is approx. 447 metres. Drilling is planned to begin in June 2014, with a duration of around 44 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type. It was built at the Aker Stord yard, is registered in the Bahamas and classified by DnV. The facility received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in October 2012.

29 May 2014

Greenpeace activists in the hands of the police

The activists on board the Transocean Spitsbergen are now in the hands of Norwegian police. The rig was on its way for planned exploration drilling in the Hoop-area in the Barents Sea when Greenpeace activists boarded the rig in the early hours of Tuesday, 27 May. Statoil is very pleased that the illegal action on the rig now has ended without anyone being injured. The rig will now prepare for transit to the drilling site for the Apollo well in the Hoop area. Statoil has a permit to start the drilling operations, but awaits a final decision on a Greenpeace appeal to the Norwegian Ministry of climate and environment before drilling into oil-bearing layers.

27 May 2014

Greenpeace activists board Apollo prospect bound rig

On the morning of 27th May, Greenpeace activists boarded the drilling rig ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’. The rig was en route to the Hoop area in the Barents Sea. On Monday Statoil got approval from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment to start drilling operations tied to the Apollo prospect in the Hoop area. The company is not allowed to drill into oil-bearing layers until the complaint from Greenpeace has been dealt with by the ministry. Statoil respects the right for legal protests and believes it is important with a democratic debate on the oil and industry. Statoil has had a dialogue with Greenpeace over the last few months. We have informed about our exploration plans in the Barents Sea and the emergency response setup for the operations on several occasions, and Greenpeace has been given the opportunity to explain their views and ask questions. For Statoil the safety of people and the environment is the first priority, and we do not want activity that can increase the risk level. Greenpeace has been explained the risk associated with actions against a rig in open waters. When they still use this form of protest we believe they act irresponsibly and illegally. For us it is important to state that the Hoop area has been through an impact assessment and has been opened for petroleum activity by Norwegian authorities. Hoop is an area with known geology, low pressure and temperature, and where Statoil has robust plans for the operations. An oil spill is very unlikely, but at the same time we have put in place a number of barriers to be able to handle a situation should it occur. The rig is now about 300 kilometres offshore and there is a dialogue between the crew on board the rig and the activists.

23 May 2014

Statoil granted drilling permit forl Apollo well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7324/2-1 cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7324/2-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 73°51'47.90" north and 24°32'29.90" east. The drilling program for well 7324/2-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 615. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 35 per cent. The other licensees are ConocoPhillips Scandinavia AS with 25 per cent, OMV (Norge) AS with 20 per cent and Petoro AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 7324/1, 2, 3 and 7325/1. Production licence 615 was awarded on 13 May 2011 in the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the first 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 the drilling activity.

5 May 2014

Statoil receives consent to use 'Transocean Spitsbergen' to drill Apollo prospect

Statoil has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 7324/2-1 Apollo in production licence 615 in the Barents Sea using the ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ mobile drilling facility. Water depth at the site is approximately 430m. Statoil plans to begin drilling at the Apollo prospect in May 2014, with a duration of around 31 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. ‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type. It was built at the Aker Stord yard in 2009, is registered in the Bahamas and classified by DnV. It received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in July 2009 (under its then name of Aker Spitsbergen).

1 Apr 2008

Five-year drilling contract for Aker

StatoilHydro has awarded a five-year contract to Aker Drilling for drilling operations in the Norwegian Sea. The total contract value is about NOK 5 billion. The contract was awarded in December 2006, but StatoilHydro has had until now to decide the final length of the fixed part of the contract, beyond a minimum period of three years. The Aker Drilling rig "Aker Spitsbergen" will be used for drilling assignment at Halten Nordland in the Norwegian Sea. The rig, which belong to Aker Drilling's sixth generation rigs, are designed for assignment on the Norwegian continental shelf, where deep waters and tough weather pose extra challenges. During full utilisation of the rig the total contact value over five years will be about NOK 5 billion, based on an exchange rate of NOK 5.10 to the US dollar. The construction of the rig is now in full progress at the Aker Kværner yard at Stord. "Aker Spitsbergen" is scheduled to be delivered at the end of July 2008.

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