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  • 2020 September 8 18:07

    Equinor drilling new wells on the Martin Linge field

    Equinor has conducted an in-depth analysis of the wells drilled at Martin Linge before the company took over as the operator of the field from Total in 2018. This review concludes that several of the wells do not have the necessary barriers. Equinor therefore plans to drill new wells in order to ensure safe production, the company said in its release.

    In four gas wells that were drilled at Martin Linge before 2018 well barrier deficiencies that are considered to make them inappropriate for safe production have been established.

    Petoro has carried out an independent assessment of well barriers that support the operator's view.

    The Martin Linge plant is designed for a mixture of oil and gas, and needs gas wells that produce at a certain rate for start-up and production.    

    The costs of drilling up to three new wells total about NOK 2 billion.

    Equinor will give an update on all projects under development to Norwegian authorities, including the consequences of Covid-19. The plan will be published in connection with the presentation of the state budget in October.

    The Maersk Intrepid drilling rig recently started the drilling operations at Martin Linge.

    Equinor is the majority shareholder and operator of Martin Linge (70%). Petoro (30%) is the only partner.




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