PSA gives consent to Statoil to explore Gina Krog field well in North Sea


The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway (PSA) has given approval to Statoil to drill an exploration well on the Gina Krog field, as well as production wells 34/11-B-6 and 34/11-B-16 on the Valemon field in the North Sea.

Gina Krog is an oil and gas field that came on stream this year. It is 250km west of Stavanger and 30km north-west of the Sleipner A facility in the North Sea.

Exploration well 15/6-14 S, for which Statoil has now secured approval to drill, will be drilled as a sidetrack from existing well 15/6-B-2.

The water depth at the location is 116m. Drilling is expected to be done in 17 days if it is a dry well and 25 days if there is a discovery.

Scheduled to begin in September, the works will be carried out by Maersk Integrator, a jack-up drilling facility constructed by Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard in 2014.

This facility will be operated by Maersk Drilling Norge.

"Scheduled to begin in September, the works will be carried out by Maersk Integrator, a jack-up drilling facility constructed by Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard in 2014."

PSA granted Maersk Integrator an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AOC) in June 2015.

The drilling on the Valemon field will commence in September or October and is expected to last for 160 days.

Valemon is a gas and condensate field located in the northern part of the North Sea, west of Kvitebjørn, Norway, and was developed using a fixed production platform in 2015.

West Elara is a jack-up drilling facility delivered by Jurong Shipyard in Singapore in 2011.

PSA issued an AOC to this mobile drilling facility in 2011.