Pertra previously used the Maersk Giant on the Varg Field, which produced very good results. The rig is currently in operation for Talisman Energy. This assignment is expected completed in early August this year, whereupon Pertra will take over and employ the rig for exploration drilling in PL 337. The anticipated duration of the drilling program for testing of the primary targets in PL 337 is 55 days. The estimated cost is 219 MNOK.
If well results prove positive, Pertra will consider drilling a sidetrack. If discoveries are made and the drilling of a sidetrack decided, the duration of the operation is estimated to be prolonged by 17 days. This will carry an additional estimated cost in the amount of 83 MNOK.
Having submitted an Application for Consent to Drill to the authorities, Pertra has now received consent for this operation. The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority has issued a discharge permit on condition that the environmental risk assessment and the emergency preparedness analysis are updated prior to drilling start-up. This work has already been initiated.
License partners are BG Norge, Revus Energy, and Talisman.
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