Okea is giving anyone with an internet connection a unique insight into offshore drilling operations by launching a live stream of a two-well campaign at its Draugen field off Norway set to kick off on Tuesday.

The initiative - apparently the first effort of its kind for the country - will enable viewers to monitor in real time the drilling log of semi-submersible rig Deepsea Nordkapp on the Trondheim-based independent’s website at www.okea.no.

The Odfjell Drilling-owned rig is being used to drill the infill pilot hole 6407/9-11 in the eastern part of the Norwegian Sea field as well as the 6407/9-12 exploration well at the Skumnisse prospect that is characterised as an appraisal.

Okea chief executive Erik Haugane said “the live streaming of the drilling log positions Okea on the leading edge of data-sharing as well as demystifies what oil companies actually do offshore".

However, the company underlined the data being streamed “is not sufficient to deduce the potential value of any hydrocarbon discovery”.

“These data need to be modelled into our reservoir 3D models before a final conclusion is announced when the drilling campaign is concluded,” the Oslo-listed company stated.

The pair of probes will be the first operated wells to be drilled by Okea off Norway after it took over operatorship of Draugen following acquisition of the field from Shell last year.