Tampen Exploration Drilling Underway

Dolphin Drilling's semisubmersible, Borgland Dolphin, is drilling an exploration well for Statoil south of the Gullfaks satellite Gullveig in the Tampen area of the North Sea. Well 33/12-8S is being drilled in production license 152, which lies in the Dole structure about four kilometers south of the Gullveig field. If a find is made, a sidetrack to the south into the neighboring Ole structure may be an option, reports Eirik Graue, project manager for the drilling.

The purpose of the well is to prove hydrocarbons in the Brent and Statfjord reservoirs; the former lies 2,600 meters below the seabed while the latter lies 600 meters deeper.

Plans call for drilling to be completed by the beginning of May. Statoil's exploration program in the area includes a well in a structure named N7-Dolly, about four kilometers north of Gullveig. Plans call for this well to be drilled in late autumn.