Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has given Statoil its consent to use the Songa Enabler semi-sub Cat D rig for drilling three wells at the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway.
Statoil is the field operator at Snøhvit, a gas field northwest of Hammerfest developed using a subsea production facility. Production at Snøhvit began in 2007 with the gas being transported onshore via 143-kilometre-long pipeline to Melkøya, off Hammerfest.
Gas from the field contains CO2, which is separated out at Melkøya and sent back to the field for reinjection.
The wells are designated 7121/4 G-4 H, F-1 H, and G-3 H and will be drilled in two well templates which are in 316 and 318 metres of water respectively.
According to the PSA, drilling was scheduled to begin in late July 2016 and will last for 220 days in total.