The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has given consent to Det norske for the use of the Maersk Interceptor jack-up drilling rig to drill production wells at Ivar Aasen, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
Wells had already been drilled in the area using another rig and Maersk Interceptor is expected to drill a further three wells.
“Drilling is scheduled to start in late November and estimated to last until July 1 2017,” PSA informed in a statement.
Maersk Interceptor Drilling Rig Gets Licence to Drill
The Ivar Aasen oil and gas field is located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, approximately 108 miles southwest of Karmøy in Rogaland county, reaching water depths of approximately 360.9 feet.
The field is operated by Det norske and is estimated to contain approximately 204 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).
Maersk Interceptor Driller
So far, it has been developed using a production/drilling/quarters (PDQ) facility with a steel jacket and the drilling of the wells is being done using a jack-up facility with a cantilever drilling rig, the PSA stated.
Earlier in July, det Norske announced it had successfully installed the Ivar Aasen platform, enabling the oil and gas firm to achieve the goal of production start-up on Ivar Aasen around December 1, 2016.
Maersk Drilling Oil Rig to Drill Ivar Aasen
The jack-up oil rig was delivered by the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore earlier in 2014 and is owned by Maersk and operated by Maersk Drilling Norge.
Earlier this month, it had already received PSA’s consent to work on Det norske’s planned well offshore production licence 442, which had been previously operated by Centrica.
This well will also be drilled by Maersk Interceptor and is located on the Langfjellet structure, 83 miles west of Austevoll in Hordaland county, at a water depth of 400 feet.
Drilling is expected to last up to 80 days if a discovery follows, PSA informed at the time.