Director General joins expert group for improved rig capacity

09/01/2012 Director General Bente Nyland is part of an expert group that will identify factors that limit the rig capacity on the Norwegian shelf. The group will also propose measures that can improve the flow of drilling facilities.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has appointed the expert group, which consists of resource and safety authorities, employer and employee organisations, oil and rig companies and analysis environments.

Eivind Reiten heads the group, which also includes Bente Nyland, Magne Ognedal, Frode Alfheim, Gro Brækken, Jon Jacobsen, Tore Holm, Dag Omre, Jakob Korsgaard, Kristin Færøvik, Whenche Nistad and Mimi Berdal.

Most drilling activities on the Norwegian shelf are currently carried out from mobile vessels, and use of such vessels is increasing. Inadequate access to drilling capacity makes it more difficult to realise time-critical resources.

“Good access to drilling rigs is important in order to realise the petroleum potential on the Norwegian shelf,” says Director General Bente Nyland.

The idea of an expert group was introduced in Storting White Paper 28 (2010-2011), An industry for the future – Norway’s petroleum activities. The report presents a policy aimed at realising the petroleum potential on the Norwegian continental shelf. The group’s work will contribute to limiting costs and increasing profitability of drilling on the Norwegian shelf.


Updated: 09/01/2012