The original plan was to use this drilling rig to plug a well on the Statoil-operated Mikkel Field. The rig came adrift during the tow in the Norwegian Sea on November 22.
Weather conditions have been bad on the Halten Bank, and to avoid further delays Statoil decided to reassign the rig to the Sigyn field so as not to hold up the work there. The work on Mikkel is not so critical and can be carried out later.
The Byford Dolphin is traveling at two-three knots. If everything goes according to plan the rig will arrive on the Sigyn field on December 1st, whereupon Statoil will drill and complete three production wells on assignment from ExxonMobil. The Byford Dolphin will remain in block 16/7 until the end of June 2002, reports.
Sigyn will be tied back to the Statoil the Sleipner East Fields. Plans call for Sigyn to come on stream in the first quarter of 2003. The licensees in Sigyn are ExxonMobil with 40 percent, Statoil with 50 percent and Norsk Hydro with 10 percent.
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