Transocean Spitsbergen Gets Go Ahead to Spud-In North of Norway

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Image: Aker Solutions

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has granted the Statoil-contracted semi-submersible Transocean Spitsbergen the approval to begin drilling at production licence 393 in the Barents Sea located approximately 42 kilometers north of the northern tip of Norway in 294 meters of water.

location of Transocean Spitsbergen
location of Transocean Spitzbergen

The PSA notes that drilling is planned to begin in September 2014 with a duration of approximately 30 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.

The Spitsbergen and her sister rig Transocean Barents are of the Aker H-6e design and among the world’s largest and most robust drilling rigs ever built – and the site of recent protests by Greenpeace.

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Greenpeace activists climb aboard the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig on the Norwegian Arctic in this handout photo released by Greenpeace May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Greenpeace handout

The Bahamian-flagged rig was built at the Aker Stord yard in 2009 and classified by DNVGL.