Statoil has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) in Norway to drill four survey wells at Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea, 155km west of Karmøy in Rogaland county.

The company operates the Johan Sverdrup field, which has been developed using four fixed facilities connected by bridges. Production from the field is slated to start in late-2019.

Drilling on the four survey wells is set to start next month and will continue for four months.

The area has water depths of 110m to 120m.

Statoil will drill the wells using Deepsea Atlantic, a semi-submersible drilling facility of the MODU GVA 7500 type.

The rig was supplied by Daewoo of South Korea in 2009. It is operated by Odfjell Drilling and is classified by DNV GL.

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"The field’s resource estimate is between 1.8 billion and 2.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent."

Johan Sverdrup field covers PL 265, PL 501, PL501B and PL502 and is located on the Utsira High in the North Sea.

This field comprises 95% oil and 5% rich gas and its resource estimate is between 1.8 billion and 2.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

On plateau, Johan Sverdrup will account for 25% of the total oil production in Norway.

Partners in the field are Statoil (40.0267%), Lundin Norway (22.6%), Petoro (17.36%) and Det norske oljeselskap (11.5733%), Maersk Oil (8.44%).

Image: Johan Sverdrup field is located in the North Sea. Photo: © Statoil.