The well is an appraisal well that is part of the assessment of the Skrugard field that has been discovered in the adjacent block 7220/8, production licence 532. The well is located 200 km from the nearest point onshore, which is Ingøya in Finnmark County and 210 km NNW from Hammerfest. The geographical coordinates are
• 72º 31' 00.78” N
• 20º 20' 28.55” E
The water depth at the site is 388 metres.
The plan is to start drilling in January 2012 with an estimated duration of 49 days.
Aker Barents (pictured) is a so-called 6th generation semi-submersible drilling rig, built for demanding drilling operations at water depths up to 3000 m and in Arctic environments. The rig was built by Aker Solutions at the Aker Stord shipyard in Norway and was delivered as a new rig in 2009.
The facility is owned by Transocean Norway Drilling AS and was granted an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in July 2009.