Rig: GSP Saturn

Name GSP Saturn
Owner Grup Servicii Petroliere S.A. (GSP)
Manager Grup Servicii Petroliere S.A. (GSP)
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type Standard
Max Water Depth (ft) 300
Max Drill Depth (ft) 30000
Dimensions (ft) 172 x 134 x 21
Leg Length (ft) 400
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Romania
Region Eastern Europe

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco ADS 10D
Drawworks HP 3000
Mud Pumps Type Upetrom 2-PN-1600
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco TDS-8SA
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Sonat Offshore
Rig Model Orion Class
Year Built 1987
Country of Build Romania
Yard Name Galati Shipyard
Group Yard Name Galati Romania

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Black Sea Oil & Gas

Rig Images


30 Jun 2014

Gazprom Neft spuds Arctic well

Gazpromneft-Sakhalin, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, has started drilling a new exploration well in the Dolginskoye field on the continental shelf in the Pechora sea. The work is being carried out during the ice-free months of 2014 and will involve drilling a single well to a depth of 3,500m and conducting a full range of geological investigations. The experience gained from previous work on the continental shelf, including at the relatively nearby Prirazlomnoye field also operated by Gazprom Neft, was taken into account during preparations for the exploration programme. Major global service companies such as Schlumberger and Weatherford are involved in the Dolginskoye project. Based on initial studies, a further programme will be drawn up to explore the field and prepare for exploratory drilling during the ice-free seasons in the years to follow. Drilling and testing of the well will be carried out in 2014 by the ‘GSP Saturn’ jackup rig, which arrived on site in mid-June and is installed directly on the seabed. The rig is authorised to drill on the continental shelf in the Arctic sea and has been modernised and comprehensively audited* by authoritative international and Russian specialist agencies. These have confirmed that GSP Saturn is fully fit for exploratory drilling in the Pechora sea. Advanced innovative technology will be employed, including environmentally safe water-based drilling fluid system. ? rotary control system will be used for drilling on the Arctic shelf, which will speed up drilling and reduce drilling mud. Any mud produced will be shipped back to the mainland to be recycled in line with the zero-discharge policy. In addition, an innovative borehole management system from one of the world’s leading hydrodynamic survey companies will be used for the first time in Russia to improve reliability and quality of work. This technology will speed up the study of the oil reservoir and enable high-quality measurements to be taken with maximum safety and efficiency. This will be the first time that some of this technology has ever been used in Russia. The Spasatel Karev emergency support vessel will be on hand round the clock while work is taking place. Along with the four ships chartered for ancillary work, it is equipped with a DP-2 dynamic positioning system that allows it to maintain a fixed position for loading in extreme weather conditions. The border checkpoint at Varandey airport has been extended to allow flights to the Dolginskoye field. Until now the airport has only been open for flights to the Prirazlomnoye platform.

16 Jun 2014

'GSP Saturn' arrives at Dolginskoye field in Russia

The ‘GSP Saturn’ drilling platform has been delivered for test drilling at the Dolginskoye field. The jackup rig was contracted by Gazprom Neft’s subsidiary, Gazpromneft Sakhalin, which operates the Dolginskoye field on the continental shelf in the Pechora Sea. An exploration well will be drilled from the platform during the ice-free months of 2014 to further investigate the field’s geological structure and prepare it for full-scale development. The sea at the drilling location is approximately 40m deep; the well will be 3,500m in length and located 75km offshore. The project documentation for the drilling work at Dolginskoye was approved at public hearings in Naryan-Mar (Nenets Autonomous Region) in December 2013. Drilling will continue in 2015-2016, and Gazpromneft Sakhalin is in the process of selecting a subcontractor to carry out work during the ice-free seasons in the years that follow. The ‘GSP Saturn’ was transported to the location by a special Ice Class B vessel to ensure the utmost safety. Throughout the transportation from Vlissingen in the Netherlands to the platform’s destination, a rescue vessel was on hand round the clock to supervise and respond immediately to any potential incidents. The rescue vessel will remain on duty 24 hours a day while the platform is in operation at the field. Gazpromneft Sakhalin has also chartered four vessels specially designed for the Arctic environment to carry out ancillary drilling operations. All of these are Ice Class and equipped with DP-2 dynamic positioning systems that allow them to maintain a fixed position for loading in extreme weather conditions. The field’s support fleet is equipped to all international naval safety standards. The ‘GSP Saturn’ is authorised to drill on the Arctic shelf and has undergone cutting-edge refurbishment.* In April 2014 the platform was inspected by theAmerican Bureau of Shipping (ABS), which confirmed its compliance with all drilling safety regulation. Lloyd’s Register Drilling Integrity Services, the world leaders in independent technical inspections of offshore drilling facilities, also approved the rig for Arctic operations. The audit took place in May 2014 confirming that all the necessary provisions for operating in severe climactic conditions were in place. At the end of May 2014 the Russian Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) performed an on-site inspection of the platform and confirmed its adherence to all of the requirements of Russian law pertaining to industrial and environmental safety.

20 Dec 2013

'GSP Saturn' awarded Pechora Sea drilling contract

GSP Offshore (GSP) has announced the signing of a two year contract with Gazpromneft-Sakhalin for drilling operations in the Pechora Sea in Russia. Gazpromneft-Sakhalin has contracted the ‘GSP Saturn’ jackup rig from May 2014 when the unit will be mobilised to Russia after completing its existing contract with Wintershall in the Netherlands. Gazprom-Sakhalin originally contracted the ‘GSP Jupiter’ for its planned drilling operations, however the initially agreed upon contract has now been altered and reassigned to the ‘GSP Saturn’. The first well to be spud in the two year program is the North-Dolginskaya No3 well on the Dolginskoye oil field.

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