First well spudded
Ocean Traveler spudded (started) the first well on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) for Esso in block 8/3. Built in New Orleans, this drilling rig had arrived in Stavanger in June 1965.
Although Ocean Traveler was brand new, the Norwegian authorities found several faults with it which had to be repaired before drilling could begin.
Two well were drilled for Esso during 1966, with the second yielding traces of hydrocarbons. This was the first sign that the NCS might contain oil and gas.Oil base leasedNorway’s first drilling rig
More about history
What caused the Alexander L. Kielland-accident?
The commission of inquiry into the Alexander L Kielland accident submitted its findings on 6 April 1981. On 2 April 1982, the Ministry of Local Government and Labour followed up with a White Paper.
The Bravo Blow out
The “abandon platform” alarm sounded on Ekofisk 2/4 B – the Bravo installation – at 22.00 on Friday 22 April 1977. An uncontrolled escape of oil and gas had begun in well B-14. Large quantities of oil and gas spurted five-six metres into the air before falling into the sea. What should not have happened had occurred. The question was how this could be possible.