Aker BP receives consent for North Sea E&P drilling

Source: press release, 29 November 2018

Sixth-generation semi-submersible rig ‘Scarabeo 8’
Sixth-generation semi-submersible rig ‘Scarabeo 8’ (photo: Saipem)

The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has given Aker BP consent for exploration and production drilling of a well in the Bøyla field.

Aker BP is the operator for production licence 340/869 in the North Sea, approximately 200 kilometres from Karmøy, Norway. Water depth at the site is around 119 metres.

The operation is scheduled to begin in Q1 2019 and to last 94 days.

Aker BP must apply for separate consent to begin test production from the well.

Drilling is to be carried out using the Scarabeo 8 mobile drilling rig. This is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Moss CS50 MKII type, operated by Saipem Norge. It was built in Russia and Italy and put into service in 2012. The facility is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Bahamas.

Scarabeo 8 was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in May 2012.