Drilling west of Kristin

April 6, 2001, 11:45 CEST
Transocean Arctic has started drilling an exploration well in the Erlend structure five kilometres west of the Kristin field on the Halten Bank.

The purpose of the drilling is to prove gas and condensate in the northern part of the Erlend structure.

The well is being drilled in production licence 257, which was awarded in the 16th offshore licensing round. The total depth will be around 5000 metres, and the work is estimated to take 76 days. A minor gas find was previously made in the southern part of the structure.

Exploration drilling is also taking place in the M-prospect twelve kilometres north of the Kristin field. Plans call for the Scarabeo 5 rig to complete this drilling at the end of April.

The licensees are considering developing the Kristin field with a production platform fully equipped with processing facilities for gas and condensate. Such a solution provides maximum flexibility with regard to linking up to other deposits in the area.

Sector manager Ørjan Birkeland in Halten/Nordland exploration says that the results from these wells will have an impact on the long-term development of this part of the Halten Bank. Arrangements will be made for any finds to be hooked up to the Kristin platform.

The aim is to present the plan for development and operation to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in June this year.