Consent for Exploration Drilling in the Norwegian Sea

Source Press Release
Company Wintershall Dea GmbH 
Tags Exploration, Upstream Activities
Date July 23, 2019

Petroleum Safety Authority have given Dea Norge (Dea) consent for exploration drilling in block 66/11 in the Norwegian Sea.

Well 6611/1-1 belongs to production licence 896, for which Dea is the operator. The well has been given the prospect name of “Toutatis”.

The drilling site is in the northern Norwegian Sea, around 110 kilometres northwest of Sandnessjøen, 160 kilometres southwest of Bodø and 150 kilometres northeast of the Norne field.

The geographical coordinates are:

  • 66° 47' 39.63" N
  • 11° 01' 11.61" E

Water depth at the site is 357 metres.

Drilling is scheduled to begin in September/October 2019 and is expected to last 29 days.

The well will be drilled by the West Hercules mobile drilling facility, which is owned and operated by Seadrill.

West Hercules is a 6th generation semi-submersible drilling facility built in South Korea in 2008. The facility was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in 2012.

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