The consent relates to use of the mobile drilling facility Transocean Spitsbergen for drilling and completion of a sidetrack on a previously drilled production well on the Marulk field.
Marulk is located in the Norwegian Sea, approx. 225 km west-northwest of Brønnøysund and approx. 25 km southwest of the Norne field. The field is developed with a subsea facility tied to the Norne FPSO production and storage facility. Water depth in the area is 367 metres.
The plan is to start drilling and associated completion at the beginning of October 2012 at the earliest, and the operation has a planned duration of 88 days.
Transocean Spitsbergen (photo) is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility, type Aker H-6e. It was built in 2009 at Aker Stord and is registered in the Bahamas. DnV is the classification society. The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in July 2009 (as Aker Spitsbergen).