BP Norge Gets OK to Use Borgland Dolphin

BP Norge AS was granted expanded consent for the use of the Borgland Dolphin semisub on the Skarv field. Originally, the consent, granted in November 2009, included the drilling of 11 production wells and an exploration well in the period from mid-December 2009 to late April 2011. On the basis of the application from BP in April 2010, the consent was expanded to include the drilling of two production wells on Skarv Idun, as well as the option of drilling four production wells on Tilje. Production from the field is expected to commence in 2011. Located in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea, the Skarv/Idun unit consists of two separate fields, situated in water depths of 1,148 to 1,476 feet (350 to 450 meters). The unitized equity of the project, which BP serves as the operator, is BP (24%), Statoil (36%), E.On Ruhrgas Norge AS (28%), and PGNiG Norway AS (12%).

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