Rig: Noble Sam Turner

Name Noble Sam Turner
Owner Noble Drilling
Manager Noble Drilling
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type High-Specification
Max Water Depth (ft) 400
Max Drill Depth (ft) 35000
Dimensions (ft) 231 x 277 x 31
Leg Length (ft) 489
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Denmark
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco SSGD-1250
Drawworks HP 6900
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco 14-P-220 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco TDX-1000
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2500000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Friede & Goldman
Rig Model JU-3000N
Year Built 2014
Country of Build Singapore
Yard Name Jurong Shipyard
Group Yard Name SembCorp Marine Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Total SA


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.

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.

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