Norne delay recovered

June 11, 1999, 10:00 CEST

A delay in the drilling programme on Statoil's Norne field in the Norwegian Sea has now been recovered.

Bad weather during the winter and well completions which took longer to finish than expected prompted the group to charter an extra drilling rig for this work.

Transocean Arctic accordingly arrived in mid-April and has since drilled one water injector and one production well on the field. Work on these is likely to be completed next week.

"We're within budget and ahead of schedule," reports operations manager Bjørn Elvevoll on Transocean Prospect, the other rig engaged on Norne.

This unit has been working on the field for two years, and is due to continue until September 2000.

All 11 production wells and six injectors planned for Norne are scheduled for completion by the first quarter of next year.

The field is currently producing roughly 146,000 barrels of oil per day from seven production wells. A plateau output of more than 200,000 daily barrels should be reached in November.