Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has given Wellesley Petroleum its consent to drill an exploration well in the North Sea off Norway, using the Transocean Arctic drilling rig.
The exploration well 35/12-7 is located in production license 925 where Wellesley is the operator. The well aims to investigate a prospect named Serin.
According to the safety agency, the drilling is planned to begin in June 2018, with a duration of around 26 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
The well is to be drilled by Transocean Arctic, which is a semi-submersible mobile drilling rig of the Marosso 56 type, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan in 1987. It is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Marshall Islands. The rig received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in June 2004.
It is worth mentioning that the Serin well is part of Wellesley’s North Sea drilling campaign, which has already started. The first well, named Kallåsen 35/12-6S, was spud earlier in May.
Both wells have contingent sidetracks and well tests depending on the well results.
Wellesley hired the Transocean-owned drilling rig for its North Sea campaign in January 2018. In addition to these two exploration wells, there are also plans for a further exploration well to test an extension of the currently stranded Grosbeak discovery.
Offshore Energy Today Staff