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Rig move from Norne to Svale

August 8, 2001, 01:00 CEST

Yesterday, 7 August, the drilling rig Borgland Dolphin was moved 10 kilometres from the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea to the Svale structure.

“We are going to retrieve some measuring instruments that were left in the first well, 10-6,” reports Kjell Sirnes, project manager for Svale.

At the same time, Statoil will test the production properties in the reservoir and confirm the reserves. If the test is successful and the volumes are confirmed, the plan is to develop the reservoir.

The Svale structure was proven in May 2000. The field may be developed as a satellite tied back to the production ship on the Norne field. Both Norne and Svale lie in production licence 128, about 175 kilometres off northen Norway.

Rig operations on Svale are estimated to last three to four weeks. Borgland Dolphin will then return to Norne to prepare a well for seawater injection.