StatoilHydro has been granted consent to use the Aker Spitsbergen semisub to plugback a well on the Asgard field. The purpose of the operations is to permanently plug exploration well 6506/12-8 (Smorbukk Sor).
StatoilHydro has a five-year contract period with Aker Spitsbergen. The operation is scheduled with a budgeted duration of 26 days for the plugging of Smorbukk. Start-up will be in September 2009.
Aker Spitsbergen is a semisubmersible drilling rig of Aker H-6e type, and is currently (along with Aker Barents) the world's largest drilling facility. The hull was built in Dubai, while completion and outfitting of the deck was carried out at the Aker Solutions' yard on Stord.
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