North Sea Drilling Consent for Wintershall Wildcat

Published at 02:18PM - 09/08/16

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Wintershall Norge a drilling permit for a wildcat well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Well 35/11-20 B will be drilled from the Bogland Dolphin drilling facility following the completion of wildcat well 35/11-20 A for Wintershall Norge in production licence 248 F.

“This is the third well to be drilled within the licence,” NPD informed in a drilling permit statement.

North Sea Drilling Consent for Wintershall Wildcat

The drilling programme for the well relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 248 F.

Th well is operated by Wintershall (40%) together with Origo Exploration Norway (20%) and Petoro (40%).

The area in this licence consists of a part of block 35/11 and the well will be drilled approximately 100 kilometres (62.1 miles) southwest of Florø and about 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) northwest of the Fram field.

North Sea Drilling Consent for Wintershall Wildcat
Wintershall Brage Platform

The production licence was carved out of production licence 248 on December 10, 2015 and awarded on June 4, 1999.

“The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities,” NPD stated further.

Borgland Dolphin Drills Wintershall Wildcat

The Borgland Dolphin rig is an Aker H-3 type semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Fred. Olsen Energy and operated by Dolphin Drilling.

It was built in 1977 and upgraded in 1999.

The rig was delivered by Harland & Wolff, Belfast in 1977, before undergoing a major upgrade and refit at the same yard in 1999.

It is a midwater semi-submersible rig designed to operate in maximum water depths of 1,476 feet (450 metres) and drill to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet (6,096 metres).

Borgland Dolphin was audited earlier this year by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), who found four non-conformities regarding coordination of information, verification of measures, securing of loose equipment and fire stations.

The deadline for Wintershall and Dolphin Drilling to report on how the non-conformities will be dealt with was set for the 20th of August.