Aker BP has received safety consent from the Norwegian offshore safety watchdog Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use two rigs for production drilling on two separate fields offshore Norway.

PSA had given its consent to Aker BP to use the Deepsea Nordkapp semi-submersible on the Alvheim field and the Maersk Drilling-owned Maersk Integrator deepwater rig on the Ivar Aasen field.

Ivar Aasen field is located in the northern part of the North Sea, west of the Johan Sverdrup Field, while the Alvheim field lies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, west of Heimdal, in production licence PL 203.

The water depth of the Alvheim field is 120m-130m. The field was discovered in 1998, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) for Alvheim was approved in 2004.

The field has been developed with subsea templates tied to a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Production started in 2008.

Meanwhile, Ivar Aasen was discovered in 2008, and the plan for PDO was approved in 2013. It is located 30km south of the Grane and Balder fields and its water depth is 110m.

Production at Ivar Aasen started in 2016.

In January last year, Aker BP moved its Ivar Aasen operations in the North Sea to its offices at Trondheim, becoming the first company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to operate a staffed platform from an onshore control room.