Wintershall Dea has been granted consent from the Norwegian Ocean Industry Authority for use of the Transocean Norge semi-submersible drilling rig as part of the Maria field revitalization project in the Norwegian Sea.
The consent includes the drilling of three production wells and one water injector well.
Maria lies on Haltenbanken in the Norwegian Sea, 25 km east of Kristin field in water depth of 300 m.
The company is extending Maria field, installing a new six-slot template to accommodate three producing wells and one water injector for pressure support. The two spare slots will be available for future field development.
Maria, which was originally developed with two templates, came on stream in 2017 (OGJ Online, Dec. 18, 2017). This next phase of the project is expected to add around 27 MMboe to the total field reserves. Maria Phase 2 is planned for start-up in 2025, extending life of the field to 2040.