Green light for Shell to use Transocean Barents rig on Draugen (Norway)

A/S Norske Shell has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway to use the Transocean Barents drilling rig to drill a production well on the Draugen field in the Norwegian Sea.

According to PSA, Shell has applied for consent to drill a new production well designated 6407/9-G-5 H, which is a free-standing subsea well, at water depth of 289 meters.

PSA says that the well will be connected to a subsea pipeline system leading to the Draugen platform, and until this system is ready, the well will be shut off and monitored.

Drilling is scheduled to begin on May 30, 2015 and last for 45 days.

Transocean Barents is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Aker H-6e type. It was built at Aker Kværner Stord in 2009 and is owned and operated by Transocean.

The rig is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DNV GL. Transocean Barents was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in October 2012.

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