First well spud at Oseberg Vestflanken 2

“This state-of-the-art rig will increase the safety and efficiency of our drilling operations. However, with a new rig, new crew and a new drilling contractor, it is important that we spend time getting familiar with the equipment and crew in the initial phase,” says drilling superintendent Niels Hoogerheide. The project has therefore invested in a drilling simulator on board Askepott. “This will be a useful tool both for getting familiar with the drilling equipment prior to drilling operations, and to practise after a period off. The simulator is expensive, but I am positive that this will pay off through safer and more efficient drilling operations,” says Terje Masdal, project manager for Oseberg Vestflanken 2. Unmanned platform The rig will drill through the unmanned Oseberg H, which is Statoil’s smallest platform, and the first of its kind. The platform has no facilities, no helideck, and no lifeboats. During maintenance visits in the operations phase all facilities will be located on the vessel connected to the platform, a solution that was also used in the hook-up phase last autumn. Also here, the project has organised simulator training prior to the operations.

“We have learned some from Sleipner B, the closest you get to Oseberg H in the current portfolio, but there will still be some groundbreaking work. This makes this drilling project particularly exciting. Oseberg H will be remote-controlled from Oseberg field centre, and good interaction with the field centre will be therefore be important,”
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