Statoil is awaiting the arrival of two of its Cat J jackup rigs in the Norwegian North Sea, one destined for the Gullfaks field and the other for the Oseberg field.
Category J drawing. Image from Statoil.
In a video, the Norwegian giant said that its Askeladden is expected to reach Norway this week. Askepott, translated to Cinderella in English, is expected to arrive a few weeks later.
“As they are too large for the Suez channel, their journey from South Korea has gone around South Africa,” Statoil said.
In the video, the two giant jackups are being carried by the Dockwise Blue Marlin and OHT Hawk vessels.
“Their final destinations are the Gullfaks and Oseberg fields, but first we look forward to seeing them in the Coast Center Base in Bergen, Norway,” Statoil said.
Askeladden will help carry out the development of the Gullfaks field. The drilling program will focus of proven reserves and gas blowdown wells on one of the Gullfaks satellite fields. In 2016, Statoil gained consent to extend the field’s lifetime to 2034, nearly 30 years beyond the original plan for development and operation estimate, which was 2005.
Askepott will contribute to the continued development of Oseberg. The Cat J will primarily drill through the unmanned wellhead platfrom at Vestflanken 2 (West Flank II) project.
Owned by the Gullfaks and Oseberg licenses, the Cat J jackup rigs werespecially designed to perform efficient drilling operations on subsea development solutions in addition to conventional surface drilling from fixed platforms.
The rigs have a derrick allowing 40m pipe joints to be put together to increase the efficiency of the operations. They feature automatic pipe handling and the opportunity to perform parallel operations, making up pipe while drilling.
Earlier this year, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes were awarded integrated drilling and well services deals for the two Cat J rigs.