The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has given Aker BP consent for exploration drilling in block 15/6 in the North Sea.


Image: Head office of Aker BP in Oslo, Norway. Photo: courtesy of Hufton+Crow/Dark Arkitekter/Aker BP.

The consent covers the drilling of exploration well 15/6-16 S, with options for a sidetrack and testing. The well belongs to production licence 777, for which Aker BP is the operator. Aker BP has named the well “Hornet Main”.

The location where the well is to be drilled is in the North Sea, north of the Gina Krogh field and south of Gudrun. The geographical coordinates are:

58° 40′ 14.5242″ N
01° 43′ 02.2135″ E
Water depth at the site is 116 metres.

Drilling is scheduled for Q2 2019 and is estimated to last at least 46 days.

Well 15/6-16 S will be drilled by Deepsea Stavanger, a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the GVA 7500 type, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd in South Korea.

The facility is owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling and received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2017.

Source: Company Press Release