Statoil reports that the drilling of the first production well at the Gina Krog field has started, just a few days after the drilling rig arrived at the North Sea field.
“We will now drill and firstly install ten 30 inch conductors. We will then drill the top section of six wells. The plan is that two to three wells will be drilled into the reservoir before the topside arrives from South Korea,” says Tonny Lemqvist, Statoil's drilling supervisor.
2015 is an extremely busy year for the Gina Krog field development project, and the milestones are many.
On Saturday 11 June, the installation of the steel jacket and pre-drilling module was completed and the heavy-lifting vessel Hermod could leave the field.
The following day, the Maersk Integrator rig arrived at the field to be connected to the pre-drilling module and prepare for drilling.
Maersk Integrator is one of the world's largest jack up-rigs and is brand new. It was built at Keppel FELS in Singapore, and was delivered one month ahead of schedule, without any HSE incidents.