Statoil suspends Songa rig while it finds a new well

Statoil will suspend its charter of Songa Offshore’s semi-submersible drilling rig Songa Delta for five weeks later this month. The rig is currently deployed at Slemmestad, in Norwegian waters of the North Sea.

“They didn’t have a well ready” Songa’s CEO, Bjørnar Iversen, told Splash, adding that the work will resume “when they come up with a new well”.

The rig will go on a 75% suspension rate of $277,000 per day from the end of June until drilling work begins again in mid-August.

Songa said it expects “limited” overall financial impact from the suspension, “due to anticipated lower operating expenses in the warm-stacking period”.

Statoil won consent in early April from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to drill two exploration wells in the North Sea using the Songa Delta rig.

The consent approved the drilling of two wells, which was estimated to last for around 45 days, depending on whether a find was made.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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