Equinor gains consent to use Transocean rig on Mist well

Norwegian oil major Equinor has received consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea using the Transocean Enabler rig.

Songa Enabler; Image source: Lundin

The well 7219/9-3 belongs to production license 532, where Equinor is the operator. The well has been given the prospect name Mist.

The drilling location is in block 7219/9 in the Barents Sea, around 22 kilometers south-southeast of the Johan Castberg field in a water depth of 326 meters.

The PSA said on Thursday that drilling was scheduled to begin in mid-October 2019 and was expected to last for 39 days.

According to the safety body, the well will be drilled by the Transocean Enabler drilling rig.

The Transocean Enabler, formerly named Songa Enabler, is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the CAT D type.

It was delivered by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, registered in Norway, and classified by DNV-GL. The rig was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in June 2019.


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