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Eni eyes 'Goliat well work'

Italian operator likely to require rig for three additional wells at Barents field off Norway: report

Eni is reportedly planning to drill three additional infill wells to boost production from its Goliat oilfield in the Barents Sea, opening up prospects for more rig work.

The Italian operator intends to use free well slots in a subsea template to pump up more reserves through flowlines with available liquids capacity hooked up to the field’s cylindrical floating production, storage and offloading unit.

It stated in a letter to the Petroleum & Energy Ministry, cited by Norwegian news site, “the purpose of the activity is to optimise production by drilling three new wells in early 2018” by using the template for the Kobbe and Realgrunnen reservoirs.

Eni is already producing from the two formations and is also developing a third reservoir, Snadd, at the Arctic field where production has been running at around 100,000 barrels per day after earlier disruptions caused by technical and safety issues.

The additional drilling work could mean Eni extending its existing contract for the Saipem-owned semi-submersible Scarabeo 8, which expires in October this year, or chartering another rig, with no shortage of units likely to be available at low dayrates.

More than half of the Norway-compliant floater fleet of 29 units is now laid-up amid a drilling market slump, while further rigs are due to come off contract later this year including Bideford Dolphin and Island Innovator.

The latter rig is though first lined up to drill an exploration well for OMV on the Wisting Central 3 prospect in the Barents due to kick off this month.

Semisub Leiv Eiriksson is currently working in the Barents for Lundin Petroleum under a firm charter due to expire in September, though the Swedish operator has extension options.

Another potential candidate is the Scarabeo 5 that recently came off a contract with Statoil.

However, the specific operational requirements of the harsh-environment region is likely to restrict the playing field to only a handful of units.