Alve is a small gas and condensate discovery in the Norwegian Sea, 16 kilometres south-west of the Norne field. Production from Alve is to be phased in to the Norne field, with planned start-up in early 2009.
The consent relates to drilling of a new 8½” section and completion of production well 6507/3-L2 H, which is part of production licence 159B. This is exploration well 6507/3-5 S, which was drilled by Ocean Vanguard in March 2008 (link).
The plan is to start drilling and completion of the well in October 2008, as soon as the Scarabeo 5 (see photo) has completed its five-year classification inspection in Ølen. The estimated duration of the activity is 30 days.
The Scarabeo 5 is a mobile facility built in Italy at Fincantieri Shipyards Genova, commissioned in 1990. The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in May 2003 (link) and is operated by Saipem from its operations office in Stjørdal.