Norwegian oil and gas industry safety watchdog has given its approval to Total to use the Scarabeo 8 rig for an exploration well in the Norwegian Sea.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway said the well, formally named 6406/6-5 S, would be drilled in next month, with the spud date set for July 1.
The operation is expected to take 90 days to complete. The well, located in the Total-operated production license 255B, will target a prospect named Jasper in a water depth of around 267 meters.
Total will used Saipem’s Scarabeo 8 semi-submersible drilling rig for the drilling project.
This is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Moss CS50 MKII type, operated by Saipem Norge. It was built in Russia and Italy and commissioned in 2012. The facility is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Bahamas.
Scarabeo 8 was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in May 2012.