Statoil has secured approval to use Songa Encourage mobile drilling facility for conducting well activities at Norne and Alve fields in the Norwegian Sea.

The Norne field is located in the Norwegian Sea, west of Mo i Rana in Nordland county. Statoil is the operator of this field.

This offshore field was developed with the help of a floating production and storage unit that was linked to well templates on the seabed. Water depths at this field are around 380m.

Oil drawn from the Norne facility is transported by tanker, while the pipelines transport gas to Kårstø in Rogaland county and on to Germany. Norne began production in 1997.

"Water depths at this field are around 380m."

The Alve field is located 16km from Norne, while other satellite fields are linked to the Norne facility.

Statoil secured approval for the use of the Songa Encourage mobile drilling facility to conduct well activities on these fields. Activities comprise drilling wells for production or injection, well overhaul and other intervention work, in addition to plugging.

Owned and operated by Songa Offshore, Songa Encourage is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Cat D type.

Developed by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, Songa Encourage is registered in Norway and classified by DNV GL.

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has issued an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) to Songa Encourage last April.