GSP Uranus (Grup Servicii Petroliere S.A. (GSP)) (Jackup)

GSP signs new long-term contract with OMV Petrom

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20 March 2014

Grup Servicii Petroliere has signed a new contract with OMV Petrom. The contract refers to offshore drilling and workover operations which will be carried out by GSP Uranus. The rig will operate in the Black Sea offshore Romania under an aggregate duration of two years. On March 20, 14:30 hours, the convoy composed of GSP King, GSP Licorn and two other tug vessels begun the rig moving from GSP Shipyard, in Constanta Sud Agigea Port, heading to the first drilling location offshore. GSP Uranus is a three legs, self elevating unit, cantilever type Marathon Le Tourneau Class 116-C. This is the most recently concluded investment project carried out in order to extend the company’s fleet, respectively the company’s market share. GSP Uranus upgrade and reclassification project, worth over USD 44 million, was completed with the support of EximBank.GSP Uranus upgrade and reclassification project was developed under the management of GSP Shipyard and ABS supervision and included repair works, upgrading works and certification (class and statutory certificates).


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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.

5 Feb 2014

GSP announces commencement of GoM drilling operations with a third MODU

GSP Offshore has announced that the company’s ‘GSP Fortuna’ jackup rig has begun its drilling contract in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) for the Mexican operator Pemex on a 894 day contract. The ‘GSP Fortuna’ is GSP’s third mobile offshore drilling unit working for Pemex in Mexico alongside the company’s ‘GSP Atlas’ and ‘GSP Orizont’ units. In order to support the offshore operations in the GoM, GSP has established the representative office GSP Offshore Mexico and an operational base in Ciudad del Carmen, providing local coordination and support for all Mexican offshore operations. Previously GSP Fortuna has carried out a drilling campaign in the sea region of Kavala Gulf, in the Prinos oil field, northern Greece for Energean Oil & Gas.

8 May 2014

'GSP Prometeu' drilling ahead at Muridava-1

Petroceltic International plc (Petroceltic) has announced an update on the company’s current drilling operations in Romania. The Muridava-1 exploration located on the Muridava (EX-27) licence in the Romanian Black Sea was spudded on the 11th April 2014 and drilling continues at the site. The well was spudded using GSP Offshore’s ‘GSP Prometeu’ jackup rig, which is expected to take up to two months in total to drill the well. Before beginning drilling operations at Muridava for Petroceltic the unit was completing workover activity for OMV Petrom in Romania.

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.

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 Jul 2014

OMV makes oil discovery in the Black Sea

OMV Petrom has announced the discovery of a new oil reservoir in the shallow water Istria XVIII permit of the Romanian Black Sea. The Austrian company made the find at the Marina 1 exploration well, located 60 kilometres from shore. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,150 metres in 50 metres of water at a cost of EUR18 million (USD24.37 million). After completion tests have been carried out, the well will be plugged and abandoned. The well was drilled using the ‘GSP Uranus’ jackup rig, which was moved to the area after initially performing workover operations at the Lebada East oil field. OMV Petrom head of exploration and production Gabriel Selischi said: "The Black Sea is an important area for OMV Petrom, an area which continues to have potential for new discoveries. "Currently, production from shallow waters accounts for 18% of the company’s hydrocarbons production in Romania. "We have over 40 years of experience in exploration and production in the shallow waters of the Black Sea and we will continue to invest in the development of the offshore segment."

11 Aug 2014

GSP Offshore purchases jackup rig from Transocean

Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) has announced that it has extended its offshore drilling fleet to eight units, with the addition of the ‘GSP Magellan’ jackup rig entering the company’s fleet. The unit formerly known as the ‘GSF Magellan’ was purchased from Transocean and is an ABS classed, Friede & Goldman L-780 Mod V drilling rig with three legs. The unit is rated -20°C, thus the rig’s design and outfitting is consistent with GSP’s asset portfolio and strategy to be present in selective markets. The rig’s cantilever envelope is 58 ft. x 30 ft. The MODU can operate in water depths up to 350 ft with 10,400 kips maximum variable load (drilling). The drilling rig has a quarters’ capacity of 116 persons. ‘GSP Magellan’ is the second MODU entering GSP fleet in 2014. The company currently operates in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico.

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