Statoil to start UKCS drilling

Statoil will commence a three-well exploration drilling campaign on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in early July. The Transocean Spitsbergen semi-submersible rig will spud the first well.

The wells will be drilled in a continuous campaign that is expected to last approximately two-to-three months. The first well, Mariner Segment 9, could prove additional resources and increase the extent of the Mariner Field.

After completing the well, expected to take between 15 and 25 days, the rig will move to Jock Scott, a prospect on the margins of the Viking Graben. The well is expected to be completed in 20-40 days.

The last well of the campaign will be the Verbier opportunity in the Moray Firth area. The well is assumed to take 30-70 days to complete.

The Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. (Photo- Kenneth Engelsvold)
The Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. (Photo- Kenneth Engelsvold)

Source: Statoil

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