Rig: Aban VII

Name Aban VII
Owner Aban 7 Pte. Ltd.
Manager Aban Offshore Ltd.
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type Standard
Max Water Depth (ft) 250
Max Drill Depth (ft) 20000
Dimensions (ft) 203 x 168 x 22
Leg Length (ft) 324
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country --
Region --

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco 1320 UE
Drawworks HP --
Mud Pumps Type Ideco T-1600 Triplex
Top Drive Canrig Drilling Technology 1250 AC
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1100000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design LeTourneau
Rig Model 52-C
Year Built 1973
Country of Build USA
Yard Name Vicksburg, Mississippi
Group Yard Name Marathon LeTourneau Offshore

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Destroyed


4 Feb 2014

Oil discovery in the second exploration well in Oman

Masirah Oil Limited (“Masirah”) today announced the successful reach of the well target depth in the second exploration well in Block 50 Oman to its final depth of >3,000 metres into the Cambrian formation. Hydrocarbons were discovered in several formations with good oil sample extracted. The well will undergo data acquisition before setting the completion for testing. The well was drilled using the independent leg cantilever jack-up drilling rig Aban VII. Mr Hans Lidgren, Chairman of Masirah, said, “The discovery of hydrocarbons in 2nd exploration well is a significant step towards the deepening of our knowledge and understanding of the offshore geology in the east of Oman, where no discovery has been made before. The results from this well are vital for the future development of this block. This discovery confirms the high quality and value of the Oman asset. We look forward to a continued fruitful co-operation with the Ministry of Oil and Gas in Oman for many more years to come, and we congratulate our shareholders Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad in Malaysia, responsible for the drilling campaign, PETROCI the National Oil Company of Côte D`Ivoire and Rex International Holding Ltd in Singapore, responsible for the use of Rex Virtual Drilling technology, to a successful venture.”This press release has been approved by Ministry of Oil and Gas of Oman.This press release has been approved by Ministry of Oil and Gas of Oman."

7 Jan 2014

'Aban VII' spuds second well in Oman drilling program

The ‘Aban VII’ jackup rig managed by Aban Offshore (Aban) has spudded the second well in its current drilling program in Oman. Masirah Oil Limited & Partners (Masirah) today announced that the unit began drilling operations on the GA-South (GAS#1) well on December 30th 2013. The GAS#1 well is the second well in the two well drilling program and has a planned total depth of 2,500m.

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