Virtue-1 (Jindal Drilling & Industries Ltd) (Jackup)

Keppel FELS completes Jindal’s 2nd jackup ahead of schedule and incident-free

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06 December 2008

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) is set to deliver a jackup rig ahead of schedule to Virtue Drilling, an associate company of India’s Jindal Drilling & Industries (Jindal). Named in the presence of Guest-of-Honour, Dr Lee Boon Yang, Singapore’s Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, the jackup rig VIRTUE I, has also achieved a clean safety record of about 2.1 million manhours worked without incidents. VIRTUE I is the second jackup rig Keppel FELS has completed for Jindal and has been contracted by India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the Indian Ocean for a period of five years. The first rig, DISCOVERY I was delivered in September this year, 49 days ahead of schedule and without incidents.

Source: http://www.keppelom.com/en/news_item.aspx?sid=2605&aid=1922


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27 Feb 2013

Keppel Fels add to order book with jackup order from Jindal Drilling

Jindal Drilling has announced that the company has signed off on the construction of a new Keppel FELS B Class jackup rig to be built in Singapore for delivery in Q4 2014. The order follows the successful construction and delivery of the ‘Discovery-1’ and ‘Virtue-1’ jackups that Jindal Drilling received from Keppel in 2008. Once completed the unit will be Jindal Drilling’s fifth jackup rig after the contractor receives two units it currently has under construction at Lamprell’s yard in the UAE. The order signals the company’s intention to enhance its presence in the Indian offshore rig market as well as the increasing demand for high specification units.

6 Nov 2013

Lamprell successfully delivers 'Jindal Star' jackup

Jindal Drilling today received the first of three newbuild jackup rigs the company has ordered for delivery up to 2015. The ‘Jindal Star’ jackup was delivered to Jindal from Lamprell’s shipyard in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is now Enroute to India to undertake a drilling contract with ONGC. The unit has been built to LeTourenau’s Super 116-E (Enhanced) jackup design. The delivery of the ‘Jindal Star’ increases Jindal’s owned jackup fleet to 3 units, with all units currently contracted to ONGC for drilling operations in India.

13 Sep 2008

Keppel FELS receives 49-day early delivery bonus from Indian rig owner

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), has secured a bonus of S$1 million for delivering a jackup drilling rig 49 days ahead of schedule to Discovery Drilling, a joint-venture of Jindal Drilling & Industries (JDIL). The rig DISCOVERY I has also achieved a safety record of more than 2.2 million manhours work without incidents. At its naming ceremony, Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman and CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine, the parent company of Keppel FELS, said, “This accomplishment demonstrates the strong project management skills of Keppel FELS and our excellent teamwork with Discovery Drilling and Jindal. At all times, Safety remains our top priority. It is ingrained in our processes and even more so in our mindset.”

9 Jun 2014

'Petrosaudi Discoverer' spuds the EMD-1 well

Circle Oil Plc (COP), the Middle East and Africa focused oil and gas exploration, development and production company, is pleased to announce the commencement of drilling of the well EMD-1 on the offshore Mahdia Permit using the drillship ‘PetroSaudi Discoverer’. The well is located within the vicinity of many producing fields, including the Tazerka, Birsa, Oudna, and Halk El Menzel oil fields, and the Maamoura gas field. The well is planned to test the play potential of the El Mediouni prospect, including the primary Birsa Sands target and the secondary fractured carbonates of the Ketatna Formation. The Birsa Sands alone have a management pre-drill P50 estimate of 185 MMbo STOOIP. The primary target, the Birsa Sands, is expected at 1,260 metres MD with the Ketatna Carbonates at 1,460 metres MD. The management view on the recoverable prospective resources estimate for the El Medouini prospect is 46 MMbo for the Birsa Sands objective alone. This is substantially larger than the recoverable commercial threshold for the area which stands at approximately 10 MMbo. Depending on progress rates the well is expected to take approximately 5-7 weeks to drill.

6 Feb 2014

Aqualis Offshore completes 'Jindal Star' rig move

New offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis offshore continues to extend its global offering and has taken significant expansion strides by entering the Indian offshore market and completing its first rig moving operation in the region. Staff from Aqualis Offshore’s Dubai office last week successfully moved its first jack-up rig in India. The ‘Jindal Star’, a new build MLT 116 E, was towed from Lamprell’s shipyard in UAE to an ONGC platform location offshore the west coast of India. Attendance on a second Aban Offshore unit for an infield move was completed shortly afterwards. “This is a major leap forward in our efforts in India. One of our key differentiators is that the company consists solely of experienced personnel who have seen plenty of action offshore. This is what our customers want when they are managing high value assets and projects,” adds David Wells. Aqualis Offshore is a specialized marine and offshore engineering consultancy focusing on the shallow and deep-water offshore segments of the oil and gas industry. Its core services include concept, FEED and basic design engineering for rigs and fixed offshore installations, for upgrades and conversions of jack ups, rig moving, marine warranty, dynamic positioning and construction supervision services. The company also offers transportation and installation as well as due diligence services.

26 Aug 2014

Circle Oil announces discovery in Tunisia

Circle Oil Plc (Circle), the Middle East and Africa focused oil and gas exploration, development and production company, is pleased to announce the preliminary results of drilling of the well EMD-1 in the Mahdia Permit, offshore Tunisia. The El Mediouni-1 well (EMD-1) is located within the north central area of the Mahdia Permit in a water depth of 240 metres, 120 km east of the port of Sousse. EMD-1 was spudded on 8th June 2014 and drilled to a TD of 1,200 metres MD in the Upper Ketatna carbonates. The stratigraphy encountered in the well was exactly as prognosed and very good light oil shows were encountered both in the Lower Birsa carbonate primary target and the Upper Ketatna carbonates secondary target over a combined interval of 133 metres. The strong hydrocarbon indications encountered in the Birsa and Ketatna carbonates confirm the existence of a working petroleum system in the Mahdia Permit for this and other prospects. The robustness of the El Mediouni trap has also been proven. The losses incurred within the target formations, as described below, give further confirmation of high quality permeability. The gross oil zone interval in the Lower Birsa is 77 metres and the Upper Ketatna has a minimum interval of 48 metres, subject to confirmation by logs. Using known reservoir and fluid parameters from equivalent formations in the Gulf of Hammamet, the internally estimated most likely recoverable prospective resources discovered by the EMD-1 well are approximately 100 MMBO. During the drilling of the target carbonates, severe mud losses occurred and multiple remedial operations to restore circulation were performed. This included the pumping of numerous CaCO3 pills, conventional lost circulation material and large volumes of sea water. The hole conditions in the well deteriorated rapidly and multiple attempts at open hole logging by wireline and tough logging conditions equipment failed. Ultimately the decision was taken to terminate further efforts and suspend the well. Circle Oil has been granted a six month extension to the Mahdia permit to January 2015. It then has the right to elect for two additional renewals of the permit for 3 years each with a commitment of one well per period.

3 Feb 2015

Lamprell delivers newbuild jackup to Jindal

Lamprell Plc (“Lamprell”), a leading provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the onshore and offshore energy industry, has announced the completion of construction on the jackup rig Jindal Pioneer and its delivery to Dev Drilling Pte Ltd of Singapore, a D. P. Jindal Group Company, on time and within budget. The contract for the Jindal Pioneer rig was signed in January 2013 and this is the second rig with the LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design which Lamprell has delivered to this client. This latest rig has been delivered following the completion of the first rig, the Jindal Star which successfully sailed away from Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in Q4 2013 and is currently deployed in the Bombay high oilfield, run by India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), offshore India. The Jindal Pioneer rig was officially named, and completion was marked, at a ceremony held at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in the United Arab Emirates in January. This rig is the 12th Super 116E jackup drilling unit that the Group has delivered to various clients during the last seven years. The Group currently has seven new build jackup rigs under construction at its Hamriyah facility and the construction of the further two new build jackup rigs recently awarded by another client are due to start shortly. Raghav Jindal, Managing Director, Dev Drilling Pte Ltd., commented: “The D.P. Jindal group continues to stride ahead in the upstream sector with the delivery of the “Jindal Pioneer”. This LeTourneau Super 116E rig is the second rig of its kind and the fifth new generation rig in our expanding fleet of high specification jack ups. We are confident that she will earn many laurels for the group in the coming decades and look forward to strengthening our relationship with Lamprell over the coming years with more advanced and versatile rig designs.”

20 Jan 2015

Rowan Louisiana Sold

According to Rowan Companies’ January 2016 fleet status report, the jackup drilling rig, Rowan Louisiana was sold in Q4 2015. Details of the sale are unknown.

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