Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has given Aker BP permission to use a Maersk rig to plug North Sea wells.
Aker BP will use the Maersk Invincible rig for the wells on Valhall, which is in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, about 340kilometres south-west of Stavanger.
The field has been developed using six fixed steel-jacketed facilities with bridge connections.
Production began in 1982, but is scheduled to end in the next few years.
Three of the wells are still in production, while 18 have been shut down.
Of these, 13 have been permanently plugged and abandoned, and Maersk Invincible will be used for plugging the other five.
Maersk Invincible is a jack-up drilling facility owned by Maersk Drilling.
It was delivered by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016.