Xcarabeo 5 is a type ME 4500 mobile drilling facility and was built by Fincantieri Shipyards in Genoa, Italy in 1990. It is operated by Saipem Norwegian Branch (Saipem). It is registered in the Bahamas and classified by ABS.
Scarabeo 5 was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in May 2003.
Snøhvit is in the Barents Sea in the central part of the Hammerfest Basin, in 310 to 340 metres of water. Snøhvit is a gas field with condensate and an underlying thin oil zone. The Snøhvit Unit comprises the Snøhvit, Albatross and Askeladd structures. The approved PDO for the gas resources includes subsea templates for 19 production wells and one injection well for CO2.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has now granted consent to use Scarabeo 5 on the Snøhvit field in accordance with Statoil's application.
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