Exploration well 25/8-17 is part of production licence 027D and is situated in the North Sea, approximately seven kilometres southeast of the Jotun field and 26 kilometres north of the Balder field.
The well has the following geographical coordinates:
N 59° 23’ 32.039’’, E 02° 20’ 01.948’’. The water depth at the drilling site is 127 metres.
Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) is drilling the well on behalf of ExxonMobil, which is the operator in the production license.
Expected start-up of the drilling is mid-August 2009, but this is dependent on results from drilling activities planned ahead of the exploration drilling.
The activity has a duration of 33 days should the well be dry, and 64 days if a discovery is made.
Bredford Dolphin (photo) is a third generation semi-submersible drilling facility of Aker H-3 class, constructed in 1976 by Aker Engineering.
The facility is owned by Fred Olsen ASA and operated by Dolphin AS, with headquarters in Stavanger. Bredford Dolphin’s flag state is Singapore and the facility is classed by DnV.
The facility was awarded the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s Acknowledgement of Compliance on 28 June 2007 (link).