Fossil Energy – Norway
Aker BP has received a drilling permit from Norwegian authorities for a wildcat well located in the North Sea off Norway.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate confirmed on Wednesday that the well 2/8-19 will be drilled using the Maersk Drilling-owned Maersk Invincible rig.
The drilling programme for this well entails the drilling of an exploration well in production licence 1085, which was awarded in February 2021 and is valid until February 2027.
The drilling operations are planned to start this month, using the Maersk Invincible jack-up rig.
Aker BP originally contracted this rig in November 2017 under a five-year agreement, when it entered into a joint jack-up alliance with Maersk Drilling and Halliburton to lower the cost per barrel and increase profitability for the partners.
In December 2021, Maersk Drilling and Aker BP agreed to renew the frame agreement for two jack-up rigs – Maersk Integrator and Maersk Invincible – for a five-year period, during which the two ultra-harsh environment jack-up rigs will carry out activities offshore Norway.