Four rigs ready for Barents drilling
2011 will be all-time-high for test-drilling in the Norwegian part of the Barents Sea.
The four rigs that will test-drill in the Barents Sea are "Aker Barents", "Polar Pioneer", "West Phoenix" and "Scarabeo 8", reports Petroarctic, the network of suppliers for petroleum projects in the north.
The first rig for the season is "Polar Pioneer", a rig that has been many times in the Barents Sea before. The rig will drill for Statoil and Eni near the Snøhvit natural gas field.
"West Phoenix" will come to the Barents Sea next spring and drill at the Norvargdomen field for Total.
"Scarabeo 8" will drill at the Goliat oil field for Eni, while "Aker Barents" will drill at the Helio field for Gdf Suez and likely also other fields in the Barents Sea.