StatoilHydro Secures Polar Pioneer for Operations at Troll

StatoilHydro ASA has been granted consent to use the Polar Pioneer semisub on the Troll field.

The consent covers plugging, sidetrack drilling and completion of well 31/5-I-21 on the Troll field in the North Sea, production license 085.
According to the plan, the operation on the Troll field will start as soon as Polar Pioneer has finished its stay at the yard at Hanoytangen where it has been subject to a five-year classification and various modifications.

The planned start on Troll is in July 2009, and the operation has an estimated duration of 135 days.

The planned position for the facility during operations on well 31/5-I-21H is: N 60 degrees 43' 42.828", E 03 degrees 34' 39.644" E. The water depth at the site is 315 meters.

Polar Pioneer is a Sonat/Hitachi-designed, semisubmersible drilling rig built in 1985. The rig is owned and operated by Transocean Offshore and was subject to main classification at Westcon in Olen in the autumn of 2004.

Upgrades were carried out during the stay at the yard to bring the rig in compliance with Statoil's (now StatoilHydro's) technical requirements for operations on the Snohvit field.

The Polar Pioneer has drilled production wells on Snohvit and several exploration wells for Statoil, Hydro and Eni in the Barents Sea.