Bideford Dolphin to drill offshore North Sea for Statoil after the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) give the nod for work drilling work to start.
The PSA announced the news Tuesday 26th January, after giving constant to drill, saying: “Statoil has been granted consent to use the Bideford Dolphin mobile drilling facility”
Bideford Dolphin To Drill Offshore North Sea
The contract will see Bideford Dolphin drill a 8 ½ sidetrack well at Statoil’s Vigdis field, in a water depth of 919 feet (280m), close to the oil and gas giant’s Snorre A platform.
The offshore drilling work is expected to commence during February 2016, on an existing well that is tied back subsea to the Snorre A.
The Bideford Dolphin was delivered back in 1975 from Aker’s Verdal Shipyard in Norway.
She is designed to work in a maximum water depth of 1,500 feet (457m) and a drill to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet (6,096m).