By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 26 -- Statoil ASA has begun drilling carbon dioxide injection well F-2H, the first well in Phase I development of Snøhvit gas field in the Barents Sea. Statoil said it was taking cores in the reservoir at about 2,750 m. The well is to be drilled to 2,900 m TD.
The Transocean Inc. Polar Pioneer semisubmersible, on site since Dec. 7, is drilling the well. Statoil plans to inject into a nonproducing formation about 700,000 tonnes/year of CO2 separated from produced gas.
The next well, one of nine producers covered by the first 10-well drilling phase, is due to be spudded in early February. Statoil expects to complete this initial drilling program by spring 2006.
An additional 10 producing wells will be drilled in Phases II and III scheduled for 2011 and 2014.