Statoil has decided to temporarily suspend the Songa Enabler (mid-water semisub) mobile rig, which was originally scheduled for drilling on the Johan Castberg license.
The suspension will apply from completion of a production drilling campaign on the Snøhvit field, which is estimated to last until the end of November. The rig will be suspended for a period of around four months, pending the start-up of an exploration campaign in the Barents Sea. Statoil plans to drill 5-7 exploration wells in this area in 2017.
Songa Enabler is a newly constructed Category D rig that was ordered by Statoil in 2012. Statoil subleased the first five years to the Johan Castberg license. The rig was delivered in 2016. The Johan Castberg partners have previously decided to spend more time on maturing the Johan Castberg project. According to the current plan the project is being matured until a decision is made in 2016 whether to continue the development of the asset.
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