Statoil: First Production Well Spuds at Gina Krog

Statoil announced Wednesday that the first production well has been spud at Gina Krog, just eight days after the Maersk Integrator (492’ ILC) drilling rig arrived at the North Sea field.

The company reported that drilling on the well started on July 20, 2015, and stated that the Maersk Integrator rig will drill wells “until sometime in 2019”. The Dagny field, which was renamed Gina Krog on March 8, 2013, was first discovered in 1974 and was originally thought to contain just a minor amount of gas, although more recent landscape reviews have estimated that the field holds 225 million barrels of oil and gas, according to Statoil’s website.

Tonny Lemqvist, Statoil's drilling supervisor, commented in a company statement:

“We will now drill and firstly install ten 30-inch conductors. We will then drill the top section of six wells. The plan is that two to three wells will be drilled into the reservoir before the topside arrives from South Korea.”

Morten Hyvik, Statoil’s project manager for Gina Krog drilling and wells, said in a Statoil press release:

"We now expect…that we will carry out safe and efficient drilling operations. The rig design facilitates this."

Built at Keppel FELS in Singapore, the Maersk Integrator is one of the world's largest, and newest, jack up-rigs. Statoil revealed in a press release that the rig was delivered one month ahead of schedule, without any HSE incidents. Statoil is the operator of Gina Krog.

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at


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