01/09/2015 - News

A drilling year in pictures

The drilling operations on Martin Linge commenced 1 September 2014. Six wells will be drilled before the production start-up. The drilling and completion of the third oil well is currently ongoing on the field with the jack-up rig Maersk Intrepid.

See some of the highlights of the first year with drilling operations on Martin Linge below.

  • A drilling year in pictures

    Maersk Intrepid was built at the Keppel Fells yard in Singapore. It arrived at Westcon in Ølen in Norway in June 2014 for final preparations before being towed out to the Martin Linge field (Photo Øyvind Sætre/Westcon).

  • A drilling year in pictures

    The drill bit was placed through the rotary on the jack-up rig just before midnight Sunday 31 August. Here is the crew that was on duty the spud night, headed by Total’s Night Drilling Supervisor Alexander Seime (to the left).

  • A drilling year in pictures

    Maersk intrepid is the world’s largest jack-up rig. The legs measure over 206 metres. The drilling is done through the Martin Linge jacket.

  • A drilling year in pictures

    In the pre-drilling phase, batch setting with conductor and surface casing was completed for each of the wells. The batch drilling commenced in September 2014 and finished at the end of November. Here a conductor pipe is lifted and moved to installation.

  • A drilling year in pictures

    “The offshore team is very enthusiastic about solving the challenges we encounter. There is also great support from the onshore drilling team, which has extensive knowledge about the wells and reservoirs,” says Drilling Supervisors Kristian Moksnes.

  • A drilling year in pictures

    Drilling Supervisor Shirwac Hersi in the driller’s cabin. The Martin Linge oil wells have long horizontal drains. Each well has about 150 individual components and assemblies. The drilling and completion operations are challenging.

  • A drilling year in pictures

    The Martin Linge jacket and one of the standby vessels.

  • A drilling year in pictures

    The first Martin Linge oil well was cleaned-up and tested this summer. After years of planning, the operation was carried out successfully and with good results. Senior Well test Engineer Iain Lamont was in charge of the testing of the well.

  • A drilling year in pictures

    Reservoir Engineer Ingveig Torsnes takes a sample of the oil from the Frigg reservoir. The well clean-up represents the first production test of the Frigg reservoir. It gives an indication of the rates the well has potential to produce.

  • A drilling year in pictures

    When the Martin Linge field comes on stream there will be zero flaring during normal operations. During the well test, the produced oil and gas is however burned off in the flare. Here is part of the Total team which was on the rig for the first clean-up.

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