BP reported that the Borgland Dolphin semisub has anchored on the Skarv field to commence drilling. The drilling program includes 17 wells, of which one is an exploration well to be drilled during the spring of 2010. According to BP, this is an exciting exploration well with high discovery probability.
The Borgland Dolphin will be drilling until spring 2011 when it will be replaced by the Transocean Polar Pioneer, which will continue drilling until 2013, or for three years with continous drilling. The wells will be drilled in water depths between 320-400 meters. The wells will be around 5000m long and will reach five different areas in the reservoar Skarv A, B and C, Tilje and Idun. These areas are from 3 to 13 kilometers distance from the position of the Skarv FPSO.
The first flight from Brønnøysund Airport to Borgland Dolphin took place on January 4 with flight HK S320. There will be four weekly flights from Brønnøysund. When the Skarv FPSO is on location the number of flights will increase. The supply vessels "Bourbon Monsonn" and "Bouron Topaz" will operate in turns between Sandnessjøen and the Skarv field and be supported by the Horvnes and Strendes supply bases.
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