The consent covers use of the Songa Enabler mobile drilling facility to drill nine shallow bores (pilot holes) on the Snorre field in blocks 34/4 and 34/7 in the North Sea.
The objective of the activity is to investigate whether there is shallow gas in the seabed at planned locations for installing well templates for the Snorre Expansion project.
Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-January 2018. The work is expected to last for 25 days.
Songa Enabler is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the CAT D type. It was delivered by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, is registered in Norway and classified by DNV-GL.
Songa Enabler was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in July 2016.
The Snorre field and Snorre Expansion
Snorre is an oil field in the Tampen area in the northern sector of the North Sea. Water depth in the area is 300-350 metres. Snorre A is a floating tension leg platform (TLP) for accommodation, drilling and processing in the southern part of the field. Production began in 1992. The semi-submersible Snorre B facility is an integrated processing, drilling and accommodation facility in the northern part of the field. The plan for development and operation (PDO) for Snorre B was approved in 1998 and production began in 2001.
The Snorre licensees have evaluated various concepts for expanding and increasing extraction from the field (Snorre Expansion Project). The plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Snorre Expansion Project is scheduled to be submitted to the authorities in late 2017.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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