Searcher heading for Mikkel

December 20, 2001, 09:00 CET

Operator Statoil has awarded Transocean the contract to drill and complete wells on the Mikkel field in the Norwegian Sea.

The contract, which includes the drilling and completion of three wells, is valued at around NOK 150 million, reports Kjell Herigstad, special adviser in the production services unit. The work will be carried out from the Transocean Searcher rig starting in September 2002 and is expected to take 140 days.

The Mikkel field lies 37 kilometres south of the Åsgard field, where Transocean Searcher has been carrying out drilling and completion operations since 1996.

Statoil is exercising its option in the Åsgard drilling contract to extend the work to include the Mikkel field.