Eni will use the Songa Enabler rig for drilling and completion of two infill wells at the Goliat field, offshore Norway.
The Petroleum Safety Authority on Thursday gave its consent to the Italian oil company to use the rig on the Barents Sea wells 7122/7-C-2 H and 7122/10-E-4 H, respectively.
Owned by Songa Offshore, the rig has been on a long term contract with the Norwegian oil company Statoil, which will sublet the rig to Eni for the Goliat work.
The Goliat, which recently resumed production after having been shut down due to problems with electrical systems aboard the Goliat FPSO, is located in production license 229 in blocks 7122/7 and 7122/10, around 85 kilometers northwest of Hammerfest.
Drilling is scheduled to begin in late January 2018. The activity is expected to last for 116 days.
Songa Enabler is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the CAT D type. It was delivered by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, is registered in Norway and classified by DNV-GL.
The rig’s contract with Statoil runs until the first quarter of 2024, with Statoil having an option to extend. This is not the first time the oil company has sublet the Songa Enabler. The rig was previously sublet from Statoil to Aker BP and Bayerngas in Norway, drilling a well in the North Sea.
Offshore Energy Today Staff