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Pemex terminates 'Deep Driller 7' contract

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31 August 2015

Pemex has terminated a contract for the Aban Offshore jackup Deep Driller 7 about four months early, exercising an early termination clause. The unit which is owned by Deep Drilling Invest Pte. Ltd. (“DDI”) was released from its contract with the Mexican operator on the 27th August 2015 according to a statement released on the Oslo Bors.


More News for Operator: Shelf Drilling

14 May 2013

Noble Drilling awarded first 'Cat-J' Jackup Rig Contract by Statoil

Noble Drilling announced that the company has been awarded a US$655m four year contract by Statoil to manage a newbuild ultra-high specification jackup rig to be used on the Mariner project in the UK North Sea. The jackup is the first of Statoil's 'Cat-J' specialised fit-for-purpose jackup rigs that have been ordered and will be modified for operations in the NWECS to deal with harsh conditions and provide more effieicnt drilling operations. Construction of the unit is expected to cost US$690 million with the shipyard to be announced soon.

2 Mar 2012

New rig concept to improve recovery

Statoil is preparing an invitation to tender for a new type of drilling rig for mature fields on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The new rigs, known as category J, will be jack-ups designed by the industry on behalf of Statoil. Statoil will propose for licence groups to take on ownership of these rigs. In order to realise the full potential of the NCS, increasing drilling activity on mature fields is important. Lower rig rates, greater drilling efficiency and access to rigs are key factors to meet this challenge. The new rig concept is designed to meet these requirements. “The key to maintain today’s production level on the NCS towards 2020 is improved recovery from existing fields and fast and effective development of new fields. We need to drill more wells to deliver on our production ambitions,” says Øystein Arvid Håland, head of drilling and well in Statoil. The new category J rigs will be able to operate at water depths from 70 to 150 meters and drill wells down to 10,000 meters. It is a tailor-made jack-up rig for operations in harsh environment on both surface- and subsea wells in the shallow-water segments on the NCS. It will be a tool primarily for drilling and completion of production wells. “Statoil has the capacity and competence to drive technology and innovation to drill more efficiently and rejuvenate the rig fleet on the NCS. The new category J rigs will deliver wells 20% more efficient than conventional rigs. We aim to achieve reduced cost and time per well with safe and efficient operations,” says Håland. The rig design is currently being developed in collaboration with various industry players like hull designers, topside suppliers, construction yards and drilling contractors. “Statoil is continuously working to secure a rig fleet with the right capacities and capabilities to suit our needs. However, upgrade and adaptions on many of the existing rigs appear too costly for our requirements and challenges on the NCS. We are therefore taking steps to rejuvenate the rig fleet and ensure that the right rigs meet the right requirements,” says Jon Arnt Jacobsen, chief procurement officer in Statoil. “Now we follow up our industrial approach by proposing to take ownership of the rigs through licenses to improve economics further. As a long-term industrial player on the NCS, we look forward to working with suppliers who have competence in building and operating rigs to develop new and cost-effective solutions,” says Jacobsen. Statoil plans for invitation to tender for minimum two cat J rigs to be issued in July and for the contracts to be awarded in the 2nd half of 2012. The rigs are to be delivered in the 2nd half of 2015.

9 Dec 2014

Maersk spuds Xana exploration well

Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco) has announced that its partner Maersk Oil has begun drilling of the Xana exploration well in licence 9/95 on the Danish continental shelf. The licence is located close to the gas discovery Svane. The well is being drilled by the jackup drilling unit Noble Sam Turner. The main target is upper Jurassic sandstones, ca 4 600 metres below the seabed. Drilling time to target depth is estimated to approximately 140 days.

12 May 2015

Maersk announces discovery at Xana-1X

As operator of license 9/95 Mærsk Olie og Gas A/S (“Maersk Oil”) has drilled the exploration well Xana-1X (5604/26-7) in the northern part of the Danish North Sea. Xana-1X was drilled as a vertical well. The well proved the presence of hydrocarbons in Upper Jurassic sandstone. A comprehensive data and sample acquisition programme was carried out for further characterization of the discovery. The oil companies will now evaluate the results of Xana-1X and make plans for the additional work that is necessary to determine if the hydrocarbon discovery can be produced commercially. Xana-1X was spudded on 8th December 2014 with the jack-up rig Noble Sam Turner, where the water depth is 68 meters. The well terminated in Upper Jurassic clay stone at a depth of 5,071 meters below mean sea level. The well is now being plugged and abandoned. Subsequently the jack-up rig Noble Sam Turner will be moved to licence 8/06B for the drilling of the Jude-1 appraisal well.

1 Mar 2016

Update On Newbuild Jackup Noble Lloyd Noble

Noble Corporation plc (NYSE: NE) today reported its newbuild jackup rig, the Noble Lloyd Noble, sustained damage on February 28, 2016 following the collapse of a shipyard crane boom operating near the rig. The rig is in the late stages of construction at the Sembcorp Marine Jurong shipyard in Singapore. Damage appears to be confined to one area of the rig, including damage to one of the rig's cranes. The incident resulted in minor injuries to certain shipyard personnel. The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has commenced an investigation into the cause of the incident and access to the rig is limited during the initial phase of the investigation. Construction on the Noble Lloyd Noble was expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2016. Following mobilization of the rig to the North Sea, the rig was expected to commence a four-year primary term contract with Statoil during the third quarter of 2016, with the contract stipulating a commencement date of no later than March 1, 2017. A thorough rig damage assessment is required before a revised schedule of delivery and contract commencement can be determined.

16 Jul 2016

Sembcorp Marine delivers Noble Lloyd Noble, the world’s largest jack-up rig, to Noble Corporation

Sembcorp Marine, a global leader in offshore and marine engineering solutions, has delivered the world’s largest jack-up rig to Noble Corporation. Noble Lloyd Noble, the seventh ultra high-specification harsh environment jack-up rig successfully completed for Noble Corporation, is based on the GustoMSC CJ70 design as well as Statoil’s ‘Category J’ specifications. The rig has an operational air gap of 69 metres and is capable of operating in a water depth of up to 150 metres (492 feet) in harsh environmental conditions. It boasts a maximum total drilling depth capacity of 10,000 metres (approximately 33,000 feet). To be deployed in Statoil’s Mariner field development in the North Sea under a four-year charter arrangement, Noble Lloyd Noble is the first offshore structure of its kind to fully comply with both Norwegian and UK regulatory standards. It is uniquely suited for operation over a very large platform or in a subsea configuration. The Noble Lloyd Noble project achieved 8 million man-hours worked without reportable incidents onboard the rig. It also scored a low Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) of 0.10 per million man-hours worked over a 31-month construction period. Sembcorp Marine President and CEO Wong Weng Sun said: “The Noble Lloyd Noble reaffirms Sembcorp Marine’s ability to continuously scale new peaks as a manufacturer of the world’s most sophisticated rigs. With a global network of facilities, we are able to execute projects of any scale and complexity to high health, safety and environmental standards. We look forward to partnering with Noble Corporation again in building the best and most versatile offshore structures.”

1 Aug 2016

Aqualis Offshore oversees transport of world’s largest jack-up rig

Marine and offshore engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has been contracted by Noble Corporation to oversee the load-on, transportation and load-off operations of the first journey of the world’s largest jack-up rig, the Noble Lloyd Noble. Aqualis Offshore’s scope of work includes providing marine warranty services for the load-on, transportation and load-off operation of the giant jack-up. Aqualis Offshore will ride with the ship for the first leg of the journey from Singapore to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The rig’s ultimate destination is Statoil’s Mariner field development in the UK sector of the North Sea. Contract value is undisclosed.

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