Hydro to Drill Cuttings Injection Well on Fram

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has granted Norsk Hydro Produksjon AS (Hydro) consent to use the Bideford Dolphin semisub to drill a cuttings injection well on the Fram Ost field.

In July 2005, Hydro received the authority's consent to use Bideford Dolphin for production drilling on Fram.

In a letter dated 9 January 2007, Hydro informed the agency that the company needs to make a change in the previously planned activities.

Hydro wants to expand the field development by drilling a cuttings injection well on a free-standing well template on Fram Ost. This entails placement of a single well template next to the production well template B-1.

The previous solution involving injection in the annulus of existing production wells will now be replaced by a dedicated cuttings injection well.

Based on the information that emerges from the company's letter of 9 January, as well as information in the original application for consent, the authority has issued Hydro consent to use the Bideford Dolphin to install the third well template and to drill a dedicated cuttings injection well.

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