Engie gains go-ahead for Cara drilling with Transocean semi-sub

Transocean Arctic; Image source: Det norske

French energy company Engie, formerly known as GDF Suez, will drill for hydrocarbons in the North Sea, offshore Norway, using Transocean’s semi-submersible rig.

The Norwegian oil industry offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), granted Engie a consent for drilling in production license 636 in the North Sea with Transocean Arctic drilling rig.

The exploration well will be the first to be drilled in this production license. It is to be drilled in a prospect named Cara, with the designation 36/7-4.

The well is located in the northern North Sea, west of Florø and six kilometers northeast of the Gjøa field. Water depth at the site is 348 meters.

Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-June 2016 at the earliest and will last an estimated 66 days.

The Transocean Arctic is a semi-submersible drilling rig operated by Transocean, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan in 1987, and substantially upgraded in 2004.

The rig was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in July 2004.

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