In the summer of 2017, Statoil explored five licences allocated by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Schedule for drilling campaign:
04.07—12.07 Completion Blåmann
12.07—13.07 Transit to Gemini Nord
13.07—27.07 Drilling of Gemini Nord
27.07—28.07 Transit to Korpfjell
28.07—20.08 Drilling of Korpfjell
21.08—22.08 Transit to Koigen Central
22.08—17.09 Drilling of Koigen Central
Statoil was granted permission to carry out drilling by the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Petroleum Safety Authority after conducting a thorough risk analysis and public consultation.
Exploration drilling took place in the period from May to September, with “Songa Enabler,” a floating, self-propelled rig built in 2016 designed for cold climates. The rig is approved and classed by DNVGL for such conditions.
When drilling is complete, the wells will be plugged and sealed with concrete (irrespective of whether a find has been made) and the rig will leave the area for operations elsewhere.
Exploration is being carried out to find out whether oil or gas deposits are to be found beneath the sea bed.
The Gulf Stream has made it possible for Norway to develop significant offshore oil activities in ice-free waters, despite northerly latitudes.