Statoil has received consent from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to use the Songa Enabler (midwater semisub) to drill three wells at the Snøhvit gas field in the Barents Sea.
Operated by Statoil, Snøhvit has been developed using a subsea production facility. The gas is transported onshore through an 88-mile-long pipeline to Melkøya, off Hammerfest. Production at Snøhvit began in 2007.
Two of the wells Statoil has been granted consent to drill are production wells, while the third is for reinjecting CO2. Drilling is scheduled to begin in late July 2016 and will last for a total of 220 days.
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