Total, Statoil and Talisman Given Go-Ahead to Drill in Central North Sea

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Maersk Giant, image: Maersk Drilling

Total E&P Norge (TEPN), Statoil and Talisman Energy have all been given approval to commence drilling operations in the central part of the North Sea by Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) this week.

Commencing in March, TEPN will utilize Ocean Rig’s SS Trosvik Bingo 9000 type semi-submersible Leiv Eiriksson for approximately 50 days at production license 627 in block 25/6 in the central North Sea. The aim of the well is to “investigate the find’s potential,” according to the PSA.

In April, Statoil will utilize the Aker H-3 type semi-submersible drilling rig Songa Trym for a 50-day period to drill well 15/6-13 Gina Krog East 3.

Talisman plans to utilize the ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Giant at production license 672 in block 15/12 in the central North Sea. The Maersk Giant has been on contract to Talisman Energy Norge since mid-third quarter 2014.