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Statoil to use Songa Encourage at Norne

Written by  OE Staff Friday, 27 January 2017 11:55

Statoil has received consent from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Songa Encourage mobile drilling facilityfor well activities at Norne, Norne satellites, and Alve in the Norwegian Sea.

Statoil is the operator of the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea, west of Mo i Rana in Nordland county. The field has been developed using a floating production and storage unit, tied to the well templates on the seabed. Water depth at the Norne field is 380m. The oil is transported from the Norne facility by tanker, while the gas is piped to Kårstøin Rogaland county and on to Germany. Production at Norne began in 1997.

The Alve field, which is 16km southwest of Norne, and other satellite fields are tied back to the Norne facility.

Activities at the fields include drilling wells for production or injection, well overhaul and other intervention work, as well as plugging.

Songa Encourage is a semisubmersible drilling facility of the Cat D type, owned and operated by Songa Offshore. It was built by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, is registered in Norway and classified by DNV GL.

Image of the Songa Encourage, from Songa Offshore.

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