Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) of Norway has given approval to Spirit Energy to use Island Innovator semi-submersible mobile drilling facility to test wildcat wells in the Norwegian Sea.
The two wildcat wells, 6506/9-4 and 6506/9-4 A are located in production license 433 in the Norwegian Sea.
Drilling is expected to commence next month.
Constructed by the COSCO Shipyard in China in 2012, this drilling facility is a Global Maritime GM4000 type. It is owned by Island Drilling Company, and operated by Odfjell Drilling. It is Norwegian flagged and classified by DNV GL.
Island Innovator was granted an acknowledgement of compliance (AoC) in August 2013.
Meanwhile, Lundin Norway has also secured approval from the regulatory authority to drill exploration well 16/4-11.
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It is the operator for production license 359 in the North Sea.
Drilling in this license is expected to commence in February, with duration of 47 days depending on the discovery.
The well will be drilled by COSLInnovator, which is a semi-submersible drilling facility that was constructed at the Yantai Raffles Shipyard in China.
AoC was issued to the drilling facility in 2012 by PSA.