In the early hours of Sunday 25 February drilling started at Oseberg Vestflanken 2.
Drilling is performed by the brand new Cat J rig Askepott, purchased by the licence. This is the first job performed by this rig. The rig will drill through the unmanned Oseberg H, which is Statoil’s smallest platform, and the first of its kind.
“This state-of-the-art rig will increase the safety and efficiency of our drilling operations. However, with a new rig, new crew and a new drilling contractor, it is important that we spend time getting familiar with the equipment and crew in the initial phase,” says drilling superintendent Niels Hoogerheide. The project has therefore invested in a drilling simulator on board Askepott.
“This will be a useful tool both for getting familiar with the drilling equipment prior to drilling operations, and to practise after a period off. The simulator is expensive, but I am positive that this will pay off through safer and more efficient drilling operations,” says Terje Masdal, project manager for Oseberg Vestflanken 2.
Cat J Askepott drilling activities on Oseberg Vestflanken 2 are planned to last for about 2.5 years. Oseberg H is the first location, and a total of nine wells are planned.
The Askepott Cat J rig at Oseberg H (photo: Skandi Vega).