Statoil Sets Record at Visund Well

Visund Field Map
(Click to Enlarge)
The world's longest well drilled from a floating installation was completed recently by Statoil on its Visund field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Also ranked as the longest well so far drilled by the group, this A-6 producer reached a total measured length of 9,082 meters.

"Detailed planning produced very good progress, at no less than 102 meters per day compared with a North Sea average of 85 meters," says Beate Myking, operations vice president for Visund.

She is also pleased that 4,590 meters of the well were drilled with a single bit. Offshore drilling often requires a bit change after less than 800 meters.

The Visund operation was carried out in cooperation with Odfjell Drilling and Schlumberger, which served as the directional drilling company.

Both the rate of progress and the well length have attracted attention, and Statoil has been asked to share its experience at a Society of Petroleum Engineers conference in the USA.

Work on the Visund gas project means that the A-6 producer will not come on stream until October. Its potential is seen as very high because it penetrates 800 meters of hydrocarbon sands.

Wells currently being drilled from Statoil's fixed Gullfaks A and Statfjord C platforms in the same Tampen area of the North Sea could be even longer than in the Visund case.

The group's long-term goal is to be able to drill wells up to 12-17,000 meters long in the Tampen area.

For More Information on the Offshore Rig Fleet:
RigLogix can provide the information that you need about the offshore rig fleet, whether you need utilization and industry trends or detailed reports on future rig contracts. Subscribing to RigLogix will allow you to access dozens of prebuilt reports and build your own custom reports using hundreds of available data columns. For more information about a RigLogix subscription, visit

Our Privacy Pledge

Most Popular Articles
Related Articles

Brent Crude Oil : $49.98/BBL 1.59%
Light Crude Oil : $49.18/BBL 1.56%
Natural Gas : $2.73/MMBtu 1.44%
Updated in last 24 hours