Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has given Equinor consent for exploration drilling in Block 30/6 in the North Sea. Well 30/6-31 S will be drilled in production licences PL 053 and PL 053C and will test a prospect named Helleneset, which is located on the Horda Platform, around 6 kms from the Oseberg field.
The geographical coordinates are: 60° 33’ 12.90’’ N 02° 52’ 12.27’’ E. Water depth at the site is 107 metres.
Drilling is scheduled to start in early 2020 and is estimated to last at least 31 days.
Photo: The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Ole Jørgen Bratland)
The well will be drilled by the West Hercules mobile drilling facility, which is owned and operated by Seadrill. West Hercules is a sixth-generation, semi-submersible drilling facility built in 2008 at the Daewoo Shipyard in South Korea.
The facility was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in 2012.
Source: Petroleum Safety Authority