Polish company spuds first Norwegian well as operator

PGNiG Upstream Norway, a Norwegian unit of the Polish state-owned company PGNiG, on Friday started drilling an exploration well on the Shrek prospect located in the Norwegian Sea, for the first time in the role of the operator.

Deepsea Nordkapp rig; Photo: Odfjell Drilling

Before starting the drilling operations on the Shrek well, which is located in license area PL838, PGNiG obtained a drilling permit and safety consent to use the Deepsea Nordkapp rig to drill the well from Norwegian authorities.

It is the first exploration well in this license area, located in the vicinity of the Skarv oil and gas field, in which PGNiG holds a 12% interest.

“The main objective of our operations in Norway is to scale up our own production of gas in the region. Now we also have the opportunity to develop our competences and expertise as an operator, which proves the trust our Norwegian partners place in PGNiG,” said Piotr Woźniak, President of the PGNiG S.A. Management Board.

“The Norwegian Continental Shelf is a rather challenging area, but we are very well prepared to handle this task.

The sea at the location of the well is 358 meters deep. The Shrek prospect is located at a depth of approximately 2,300 meters from the seabed.

The company said on Friday that the estimated duration of the drilling work depends on the results that will be obtained. It will take approximately 45 days if hydrocarbons are discovered, in which case the company also plans to drill a sidetrack, collect the cores, and carry out detailed geophysical measurements.

The well is drilled using Deepsea Nordkapp, a 6th generation semi-submersible rig.

“Preparatory procedures for the drilling of an offshore well were extremely complex and different from what we do when drilling onshore wells, as they require much more effort in terms of planning itself. Ensuring the safety of work involving risks that are not found on land, such as heavy storms, plays a vital role, too. Drilling operations at the open sea, often carried out in extreme weather conditions far from the shore, are definitely more challenging,” said Piotr Woźniak.

PGNiG Upstream Norway holds a 40% interest in license PL838, while the partners, Aker BP and Lime Petroleum, hold a 30% interest each. License PL838 was awarded to the companies in February 2016 in the APA 2015 licensing round.


Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.

Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.

Share this article

Follow Offshore Energy Today

Posted on August 30, 2019 with tags .

Events>

<< Aug 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Executive Oil Conference & Expo 2019

Executive Oil Conference and Exhibition is a unique opportunity to meet with all of the region’s…

read more >

Oil & Gas Vietnam 2019

Oil & Gas Vietnam (OGAV) 2019 is the only specialized oil & gas event in Vietnam that brings together an international congregation of both upstream and downstream oil and gas companies and also its supporting industries gathered in the heart of Vietnam’s oil and gas industry in Vung Tau, to showcase the latest developments in the oil and gas industry.

read more >

Jobs>

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply