Norway’s Statoil has been granted approval to carry out exploration drilling of well 16/2-19 S&A in production licence 265 in the North Sea using the Ocean Vanguard semi-submersible drilling rig.
Water depth at the site is 116 metres. Drilling is planned to begin in December 2013, with a duration of 42 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
Ocean Vanguard is operated by Diamond Offshore with operations offices in Stavanger and technical and operational support from the company’s office in Aberdeen.
The drilling rig is registered in the Marshall Islands with Det Norske Veritas as the classification society. Ocean Vanguard was built in 1982 and received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in July 2004.
Press Release, November 27, 2013