Borgland Dolphin to Drill Vigdis Well

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

StatoilHydro has received consent to conduct exploration drilling of well 34/7-34 using the semisub Borgland Dolphin. Well 34/7-34 is part of production license 089 and is situated on the Vigdis field.

The well has the following geographical coordinates:

  • N 61 degrees 23' 22.452"
  • E 02 degress 08' 32.253"

Water depth at the site is approximately 285 meters.

According to the application for consent, the estimated start-up date for drilling is in early December 2008.

The Borgland Dolphin is a semisubmersible drilling facility of the Aker H3 type, which was built as a flotel at Bergen Mekaniske Verksted in 1976. In 1999, the facility was converted into a semisub by Harlan and Wolff Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries Ltd in Belfast. The semisub is owned by Dolphin AS and received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in September 2004.