PSA nods to OMV for exploration well in Barents Sea

OMV Norge AS (OMV) has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway to drill an exploration well 7324/8-2, located in the Barents Sea, with Leiv Eiriksson rig. 

OMV is the operator for production licence 537 in block 7324/8 in the Barents Sea. According to the PSA, the company is to drill well 7324/8-2 Bjaaland, to investigate the find’s potential.

Expected start-up is April 2015 with a duration of approx. 47 days, depending on the discovery.

The well will be drilled with Leiv Eiriksson, a semi-submersible drilling rig of the SS Trosvik Bingo 9000 type. The rig is owned by Ocean Rig and will be operated by Rig Management Norway.

Leiv Eiriksson is registered in the Bahamas and classified by DNV GL. It was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance by the PSA in July 2008.

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