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Aker BP receives consent to drill an exploration well at Volund

Aker BP has received consent to drill exploration well 24/9-11S on the Volund field. The well is to be drilled by Transocean Arctic.


Aker BP ASA (Aker BP) is the operator of the Volund field, in the North Sea, around 220 kilometres west of Tananger in Rogaland county. Volund is an oil field that has been developed using a subsea facility tied back to the Alvheim FPSO unit.

The PSA has given Aker BP consent to drill an exploration well with the designation 24/9-11S on the field. The consent also covers a potential sidetrack. The object of the drilling is to investigate the potential of a formation 7.5 kilometres west of the subsea facility at Volund.

The well's geographical coordinates will be:

  • 59o 29' 06.79" N
  • 0150' 07.65" E

Water depth at the site is 122 metres. The drilling work is scheduled to take 28 days. Any potential sidetrack will be in addition to this.

Drilling is to be performed using the Transocean Arctic mobile drilling facility, which is owned and operated by Transocean Ltd. Transocean Arctic was built in 1987 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan. The facility was upgraded in 2004 and received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in July of that year. It is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DNV GL. 

Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77