Norsk Hydro Gets Okay to Extend Use of Bideford Dolphin

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Norsk Hydro an extension of the existing consent for use of Bideford Dolphin on the Troll field.

Drilling the tophole section on well 31/2-Y-21 Y1H was planned using Transocean's semisub, Polar Pioneer. For the best possible utilization of the available activity window, Norsk Hydro wants to carry out optional drilling of the tophole section using Bideford Dolphin.

With this extension of the consent the company now has the opportunity to do so. There is a chemical discharge framework for the Troll field, and drilling the tophole section will not lead to the framework being exceeded.