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Although E&A drilling in the Norwegian sector is below peak level, it is still providing Norwegian-based rigs, mainly semi-submersibles, with far more work opportunities compared with rigs working in the UK sector. So far this year 28 E&A wells have been spudded in Norway: 19 exploration and nine appraisals, which together have involved the services of 12 rigs and provided them with just over 1,200 days of work (around 40 months). E&A drilling in Norway is currently far outstripping the UK, which this year is facing the prospect of one of its lowest annual totals, unless unless activity significantly picks up in the fourth quarter.
ConocoPhillips is seeking approval from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to decommission the Viking platforms, associated pipelines, including subsea tees, the Vixen facility, subsea manifold and associated Vixen pipelines, in UK southern blocks 49/11d, 49/12a, 49/16a, 49/16c, 49/17a and 49/18a. The installations comprise Viking KD, LD and AR and the Viking Bravo hub consisting of the interconnected BA, BC, BP and BD platforms, the Vixen VM subsea facility as well as two subsea tees at the base of Viking LD riser and at the BD skid and interfield pipelines. The Victor JD platform and JM subsea manifold are the subjects of a separate submission.
Dana Petroleum is pulling out of the Arran development, in UK central blocks 23/11a, 23/16b and 23/16c, after agreeing to sell its 20.43% stake to RockRose Energy for a nominal sum. RockRose says the acquisition adds a further 5.7 million barrels of oil equivalent of proven and probable reserves to its portfolio and 3,500 boed of initial production post development. A field development plan for Arran, which is likely to be developed as a subsea tieback to the Shell-operated Shearwater platform, is expected to be filed with the Oil and Gas Authorityby end-September, for planned start-up in late-2020.