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Borgland Dolphin is reported to have been hired by
Shell for a minimum one-well contract in Norway, starting in February. The
operator plans to use the rig to drill a development well in the Knarr field
and has access to another two well options. The value of the firm period is
placed at $15 million, but Dolphin has not specified the duration of the firm
period so an estimate of the dayrate is not possible
. The fixture
Borgland’s return Norway after what will be a gap of over
three years. The rig’s last activity in Norway was under a three-year contract
with Rig Management Norway, which managed the rig for a group of four operators.
and pipelay vessel
Pioneering Spirit on 18 June completed the
single-piece removal of Shell’s 25,000-tonne Brent Bravo topsides in an
operation that took about four hours. Brent Bravo is the second of four
platforms, after Brent Delta in 2017, to be decommissioned and removed from the
field, in northern block 211/29. On both occasions, Shell UK has used the
’s revolutionary single lift, motion-compensated technology. The topsides have been sea-fastened on board the Spirit
for transport to Able’s yard in Teesside. At a nearshore
location off the coast of Hartlepool, the topsides will be transferred to
Allseas’ cargo barge
Equinor has found oil and gas in Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture exploration well 6507/3-13, in the Norwegian Sea. The well, drilled around 14 km southwest of the Norne field, had two different targets: an upper interval containing an estimated 2-12 million barrels of oil equivalent of gas and a lower section with an estimated volume of 1-48 million barrels of oil equivalent recoverable. Equinor is evaluating both the time and place for further delineation to firm up volume estimates. It will now assess a tieback to the Norne FPSO as an option to develop the discovery. The well, which has been plugged and abandoned, was drilled with the Transocean Spitsbergen.