Norway PSA Grants Extension for Use of Deepsea Bergen

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has extended a consent for Statoil to use the semisub Deepsea Bergen for drilling and completion of well D-1 HT2 on the Heidrun field offshore Norway.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate granted its consent for the use of Deepsea Bergen on Heidrun on October 14, 2003.

Due to major delays, Statoil applied for an extension of this consent on January 8th to include well 6507/7-C-4, which the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved.

Statoil now needs to use the Deepsea Bergen on D-1 HT2. The work entails washing of sand in the existing completion and installation of internal screens.

the West Alpha was to have done this work in October 2003, but had to give up following operational problems.

The work on D-1 HT2 is expected to have a duration of 10-14 days, with start-up in the latter part of March 2004.