Eni Norge has received Petroleum Safety Authority’s (PSA) consent for exploration drilling in block 7122/10 located in the southwestern sector of Barents Sea.

The company received the consent in conjunction with other licensees in the production licence 697.

The well 7122/10-1 S will assess an exploration prospect named ‘Goliat Eye’ situated south of the Eni-operated Goliat field. The site carries a water depth of nearly 342m.

Eni will deploy Scarabeo 8 mobile drilling facility, a semi-submersible drilling vessel of the Moss CS50 MKII type, to drill the well scheduled to begin in the first half of next month and continue for at least 37 days.

Built in Russia and Italy, Scarabeo 8 is operated by Saipem Norge.

PSA issued an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the facility in May 2012, the same year in which it was commissioned.

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"The accommodation facility will be dynamically positioned with a link to the Goliat facility through a telescopic footbridge."

The Norwegian agency also issued consent to Eni for the usage of the Floatel Endurance mobile accommodation facility on the Goliat field.

The semi-submersible accommodation facility was delivered by the Keppel FELS yard.

To manage the extra work being carried out at Goliat field, Eni required additional cabin capacity and applied to the PSA for consent to use the rig.

The accommodation facility will be dynamically positioned with a link to the Goliat facility through a telescopic footbridge.

The consent has already started and will continue until 15 November.