Huldra well stabilised

October 23, 2000, 17:15 CEST

The first production well on Statoil's Huldra field in the North Sea, which ran into problems on 20 October, has now been stabilised.

According to drilling and well manager Trond Justad, preparations are now being made to re-enter the well and recover lost equipment.

Plans also call for it to be plugged and temporarily abandoned before the second producer is spudded by the Mærsk Gallant rig.

At the same time, the future of the the problem well is being considered. One option could be to drill a sidetrack once it has been plugged.

Nine of the 31 people evacuated to Veslefrikk when the well began giving problems returned to Mærsk Gallant once control had been restored.

The remaining 22 were sent ashore on the afternoon of 20 October because the completion work they were supposed to be doing had been postponed.