Seadrill Norway Operations has bagged contract from Equinor for drilling two exploration wells in the Barents Sea with the West Hercules rig.


Image: The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. Photo: courtesy of Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor ASA.

Drilling is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019.

The contract includes options for drilling nine additional wells. The rig is primarily assigned for exploration drilling. The contract is based on a master framework agreement established between Seadrill and Equinor.

The rig owner is responsible for integrated drilling services, such as casing running, remote-operated vessel (ROV), slop treatment and cuttings handling.

Equinor drilling & well services senior vice president Geir Tungesvik said: “We have already prepared a drilling programme for West Hercules, scheduled to start this autumn. We are now looking forward to continuing our cooperation with this rig.

“It can do regular exploration drilling, drilling in formations with high pressure and high temperature, it is winterized and can drill in deep waters. The rig is well suited for operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. By signing a framework agreement with Seadrill, we demonstrate that we want a long-term cooperation with this supplier.”

Source: Company Press Release