Equinor receives consent for exploration drilling in the North Sea

Source: press release, 19 November 2018

‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ – a harsh-environment ultra-deepwater dual-activity semisubmersible drilling rig
‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ – a harsh-environment ultra-deepwater dual-activity semisubmersible drilling rig (photo: Transocean)

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given Equinor consent to drill exploration well 25/6-6 S in the North Sea.

The well belongs to production licence 870, for which Equinor is the operator, and is located north east of the Utsira High in the North Sea, approximately 115 kilometres from the shore. Water depth at the site is 123 metres.

Drilling will begin in early January 2019 and is estimated to last 35 days.

Exploration well 25/6-6 S will be drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen – a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type, owned and operated by Transocean Ltd. The facility was built at the Aker Stord yard in 2009, is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DNV GL.

Transocean Spitsbergenwas issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AOC) by the PSA in November 2012.