Deep Driller 2 (Advanced Energy Systems (ADES)) (Jackup)

Keppel FELS on track to deliver one of the world’s deepest jackup drilling rigs

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08 April 2006

Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS) is on track to deliver one of the world’s deepest drilling rigs, Deep Driller 2, to Sinvest ASA on time and within budget. Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress graced the christening ceremony as Guest-of-Honour. Other dignitaries included Mr Bjarne Skeie, Chairman of Sinvest ASA and Deep Drilling Group, owner of Deep Driller 2, and Mr Lim Chee Onn, Executive Chairman of Keppel Corporation. Built to the KFELS Super B Class design, Deep Driller 2 is an enhancement of the highly acclaimed KFELS B Class design. The rig has been customised to the owner’s specifications and marks another milestone in Keppel’s design and engineering capability. When delivered, Deep Driller 2 will be one of the world’s deepest drilling rigs, capable of drilling down to 35,000 feet. She will be contracted to Brunei Shell Petroleum Company for deployment in offshore Brunei Darussalam.


More News for Operator: Advanced Energy Systems (ADES)

20 Sep 2012

Atwood Mako Rig Spudded First Well

Salamander Energy plc announces that the Atwood Mako jack up rig (the “Mako”) has arrived on location and commenced development drilling from the Bualuang Alpha platform on the Group’s B8/38 licence in the Gulf of Thailand. The Mako is on long term contract, and will initially complete a short development drilling programme on the Bualuang Alpha Platform. Salamander will then be using the rig to drill two exploration prospects on its acreage in the Greater Bualuang area ahead of an extended development drilling campaign from the Bualuang Bravo platform from the end of October.

22 Oct 2012

Spudding of Bualuang B8/38-8 (NW-1) Exploration Well

Salamander Energy plc announces the start of its exploration campaign in the Greater Bualuang area, offshore Gulf of Thailand. The B8/38-8 (NW-1) well is testing one of a number of fault terraces to the north west of the Bualuang oil field. Resource potential of 10 – 15 MMbo has been identified in a cluster of prospects to the north of the field. The B8/38-8 (NW-1) well will be drilled by the Atwood Mako jack up rig that is under long term contract to the Group and recently concluded a short drilling programme from Bualuang Alpha Platform. B8/38-8 (NW-1) is expected to be a 14 day well and is the first of two exploration wells that are currently envisaged as part of the immediate programme. The Bualuang Bravo Platform construction is complete and the load-out, sail-away, hook up and commissioning will commence later this month. Once installed, the rig will move onto the Bravo Platform for a 16 well development drilling programme, which will lead to a sharp rise in production from the Bualuang field in 2013.

13 Nov 2012

NW-1 Exploration Well Update

The B8/38-8 exploration well targeting the Northwest Terrace prospect (“NW-1”) has been drilled to TD. The NW-1 well was targeting a small fault terrace structure located north of the Bualuang field. The well reached a TD of 1,792 metres true vertical depth sub-sea (“TVDSS”) and a program of wire-line logging, pressure and liquid sampling undertaken. The well encountered thin oil-bearing early Miocene T2 sandstones below 1,725 metres TVDSS. Well-developed sections of both the T5 and T4 mid-Miocene sandstones were found to be water-wet. The initial conclusion is that the sand-rich section of the T5 has led to leakage across the bounding fault at this location. The well is currently being plugged and abandoned as a sub-commercial oil discovery.

15 Jul 2013

Rayong Exploration Well

Salamander Energy plc announces that the G4/50-4 exploration well, targeting the Rayong prospect in the Kra Central sub-basin, Block G4/40, Gulf of Thailand, has been drilled to a total vertical depth subsea of 1,889 metres. The well encountered a 119 metre section of excellent quality P20 Miocene sandstones, the primary target on depth prognosis. However, following the completion of a logging and sampling programme, these sandstones were found to be water-wet. In the deeper Permian carbonate target the well encountered a 34 metre section of Ratburi limestone which was not deemed to be of reservoir quality. The well has been plugged and abandoned and the Atwood Mako rig is now mobilising to drill the Surin prospect in the Western Central sub-basin.

29 Jul 2013

Spud of G4/50-5 Exploration Well

Salamander Energy plc announces the spud of the next well in its on-going exploration programme in Block G4/50, Gulf of Thailand. The G4/50-5 exploration well is targeting the Surin prospect, located in the north west of the block in the Western Central sub-basin. G4/50-5 is targeting oil in Miocene sandstones and is estimated to contain mean prospective recoverable resources of 16 MMbo with access to hydrocarbon charge being identified as the key risk. Exploration success at Surin would open the play in the Western Central subbasin and de-risk the neighbouring Ayutthaya and Buriram prospects. G4/50-5 will be drilled to approximately 2,125 metres total vertical depth sub-sea using the Atwood Mako jack up rig and is expected to take around 10 days to reach target depth. On completion of the G4/50-5 well the rig will return to the Bravo platform to continue the development drilling campaign on the Bualuang field.

18 Sep 2013

Spud of Ayutthaya Exploration Well

Salamander Energy plc announces the spud of an exploration well in Block G4/50, Gulf of Thailand targeting the Ayutthaya prospect. Ayutthaya is located in the Western Central sub-basin, some 7 km northeast of the recent Surin oil discovery. The well will target oil in Miocene sandstones and is estimated to contain mean prospective recoverable resources of 30 MMbo. The well will be drilled to approximately 2,350 metres total vertical depth sub-sea using the Atwood Mako jack up rig.

6 Aug 2013

Surin Oil Discovery

Salamander Energy plc announces that the G4/50-5 exploration well, has discovered oil in the Surin prospect in the central portion of the Western sub-basin, Block G4/50, Gulf of Thailand. Oil was discovered in good quality Miocene fluvial sandstones in the primary N40 target zone over the interval 1,525 to 1,533 metres TVDSS. Wire-line logs and pressure data confirmed the presence of approximately 8 metres of oil pay. Oil samples recovered from the zone indicate a 31 degree API oil and mapping of the Surin fault block indicates between 15 and 20 metres of column height above the location of the well penetration. Further evaluation is required to determine the potential resource volume encountered in the Surin discovery. The well has been plugged and abandoned as an oil discovery. James Menzies, Chief Executive of Salamander, commented: "The discovery of oil in the Surin fault block, a 25 km step out from the Bualuang field, has proven the access to an oil charge in the Western Central sub-basin, which had been identified as a key risk pre-drill. Resource estimates for Surin are being assessed but this is clearly a positive step in de-risking the neighbouring prospects and in understanding the local petroleum system."

8 Jan 2014

Bualuang Field Update

Salamander Energy announces that due to a damaged production riser, production from the Bualuang oil field has been temporarily shut-in. During bad weather conditions, the Rubicon Vantage FPSO drifted into the exclusion zone designed to protect the production infrastructure. The Vantage's mooring chains then came into contact with, and damaged, the production riser resulting in a small amount of oil being observed on the surface. Production was immediately halted and operations commenced to clean up the discharge, estimated to be approximately 20 barrels. The situation was contained and all oil was successfully dispersed within a five hour period. Further inspection work and repairs are underway. The FPSO owner has made arrangements for a new production riser to be fitted if required, which on current schedule would see production re-commence around 25th January 2014. Salamander does not anticipate that it will incur any significant repair costs. Development drilling is not impacted by these events and the Atwood Mako rig remains on the Bravo platform and is currently drilling the BB-02H well. Salamander will use the opportunity provided by this period of downtime to accelerate planned maintenance and has rescheduled some of the hook up work on the recently installed process modules. The new FSO, that will be installed later this year, will have a turret mooring system with 360 degree swivel capability with no need for an exclusion zone and hence the risk of this kind of incident being repeated will be removed. Despite the shut-in the Group's production forecast for 2014 remains unchanged with production expected to average between 13,000 and 16,000 boepd.

17 Oct 2008

Keppel FELS delivers fourth Sinvest jackup drilling rig on time

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered the jackup drilling rig, Deep Driller 6, to Sinvest AS (Sinvest), a subsidiary of Aban Singapore Pte Ltd (ASPL) on time and within budget. Deep Driller 6 is the fourth unit to be delivered in a series of five KFELS Super B Class rigs built for Sinvest. The fifth rig, Deep Driller 8, is on track for a timely delivery in the first quarter of 2009. The KFELS Super B Class design is one of the world’s deepest drilling rigs, with capabilities for drilling High Pressure, High Temperature wells up to 35,000 ft at 350 ft water depth.

4 Dec 2014

EnQuest hire 'Atwood Mako' for Malaysia drilling

Atwood Oceanics (Atwood), has been awarded a new drilling contract for its ‘Atwood Mako’ jackup rig. According to the company’s fleet status report released on the 1st December 2014, EnQuest PLC has through its subsidiary EQ Petroleum Developments Malaysia SDN BHD has hired the rig for a two well drilling operation in Malaysia. The unit which recently completed a contract with Salamander Energy in Thailand, will remain idle in Malaysia until the contract begins on the 2nd January 2015. The dayrate for the new contract has been set at USD145,000. In other news, Atwood announced that it has retired the ‘Atwood Southern Cross’ semisub through the sale of the asset to a shipyard. The 38 year old unit has been cold stacked since completing its last contract with Audax Resources in 2010.

12 Jan 2015

Atwood secures contract for 'Atwood Mako'

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (“Atwood”) announced today that the company has secured a short term contract for its Atwood Mako jackup. The contract is for a period of 70 days and includes a priced option period. Atwood did not release details of the contractor or the country of operation, instead the company highlighted that the unit would continue to work in South East Asia, at a rate of USD155,000 a day. The unit will mobilise to its new location and begin the contract upon completion of its current contract with EnQuest in Malayisa.

16 Oct 2014

OSM launches newbuild jackup in Indonesia

OSM New Build Management (OSM) is pleased to announce that earlier this month OSM officially launched their first Jack Up Project (Hull no. L209) in the PaxOcean Graha Shipyard. Owned by Beijing Petrolor Oilfield Services, the Jack Up rig is based on a Gusto MSC CJ46 design and was built in the PaxOcean Graha shipyard. The vessel is classified under ABS and can operate up to a water depth of 375 feet. The expected delivery of this vessel is April 2015. OSM’s Douglas Dalli, Head of New Building Management, said: “We are delighted to be announcing this project launch with Beijing Petroler Oilfield Services. The launch of this Jack Up rig is a strong representation of OSM’s ability to execute in its core markets and will hopefully result in more like projects.”

15 May 2015

Noble agrees to jackup rate reduction with Saudi Aramco

Noble Corporation (“Noble”) today released its updated fleet status and announced that the company reached an agreement with Saudi Aramco to reduce the operating dayrates for five jackup rigs. The dayrate reductions are effective from 1st January 2015 and run through the entirety of 2015 and will be applied over the remaining life of the existing contracts. The rigs in question are the Noble Scott Marks, Noble Roger Lewis, Noble Gene House, Noble Joe Beall and Noble Charles Copeland. The dayrates for the Noble Scott Marks and Noble Roger Lewis were reduced to USD169.5k whilst the remaining three jackup rates were reduced to USD65k. This announcement follows earlier agreements that Saudi Aramco negotiated with Rowan and Ensco for rate reductions in 2015.

27 Jun 2006

New Contract Award

Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) announced the receipt of a letter of award from Venture Production plc (“Venture Production”) to enter into a contract with the Company for a new F&G JU-2000E enhanced premium jackup drilling rig to be constructed by China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co., Ltd./Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd (“DSIC”) in Dalian, China. The Venture Production commitment, which has been approved by both companies’ Board of Directors, will have a contract term of two years at a dayrate of $210,000 per day. There are no extensions or options beyond the contract term. The Company estimates the cost of the rig will be approximately $190 million. Venture Production has informed the Company that it anticipates employing the rig in the North Sea. Mark Jackson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Noble Corporation, said, “We are pleased to continue to build on our long-term relationship with Venture Production with this contract.” This rig is the third heavy duty, harsh environment (HDHE) F&G JU-2000E, a high specification Friede & Goldman designed jackup, that the Company has scheduled to deliver to customers over the next three years. The Company has previously reported contracts with Shell E and P Offshore Services B.V. for the first two such newbuild jackups, to be named the Noble Roger Lewis and Noble Hans Deul. Each of these harsh environment jackups has a 75 foot cantilever reach, rated water depth of 400 feet, and rated drilling depth of 30,000 feet.

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