Fossil Energy – Drilling
Two oil and gas companies with operations in Norway, OMV and Wintershall Dea, have awarded a drilling contract to a Transocean-owned semi-submersible rig to drill 17 wells and all firm and additional potential wells in the period from 2023 to 2027.
Out of these 17, 11 will be for Wintershall Dea and 6 for OMV.
“This long-term contract is an important milestone in the execution of the Berling development project. In addition, we have secured a rig to one of our upcoming firm exploration wells and other potential wells to come,” said General Manager Knut Mauseth in OMV Norge.
The Transocean Norge will drill the Velocette exploration well located in PL 1016 in the Norwegian Sea where OMV Norge is the operator. The well is expected to be drilled in 3Q 2023, according to an update on Thursday by OMV’s partner in this well, Longboat Energy.
As explained by the companies, the objective of the rig collaboration between OMV and Wintershall Dea is to increase operational efficiency by taking advantage of the joint competence and related synergy effects in a strategic partnership. The partnership, amongst others, includes a shared rig intake process, shared 3rd party services, and onshore supply base and logistics.
“Securing the Transocean Norge means we have a modern and fit for purpose rig with a best-in-class emission footprint – and a drilling partner to support our continued growth on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” said Michael Zechner, Wintershall Dea Norge Managing Director.
The contract scope for OMV entails the drilling of three development wells for the Berling project (Iris Hades) and two exploration wells and one optional slot. For Wintershall Dea the drilling of four exploration wells, four development wells for the Maria Revitalisation project, and three development wells at Dvalin North.