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Consent to use Bideford Dolphin at Vigdis

Statoil has received consent to use the Bideford Dolphin mobile drilling facility for production drilling at Vigdis.


Vigdis is an oil field in block 34/7 at Tampen. The field, which is in 280 metres of water, has been developed using subsea facilities. The wellstream is piped to Snorre A for processing. 

Production at Vigdis began in 1997, with Saga Petroleum as the operator. Statoil took over operatorship in January 2003. 

Statoil is to plug the B-1 AH production well on the Vigdis field. Using a sidetrack from this well, a new well is to be drilled, B-1 BH.

The activities are to be undertaken using Bideford Dolphin, which is operated by Dolphin Drilling AS. Bideford Dolphin is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-3 type, built at Aker Verdal in 1975 and modified in 1998. The facility is classified by DNV GL and registered in Singapore.

Bideford Dolphin was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in September 2004.

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