Rig: Rowan Gorilla VI

Name Rowan Gorilla VI
Owner Valaris PLC
Manager Valaris PLC
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type High-Specification
Max Water Depth (ft) 450
Max Drill Depth (ft) 35000
Dimensions (ft) 306 x 300 x 36
Leg Length (ft) 607
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Trinidad
Region Latin America

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco 2040 UDBE
Drawworks HP 4000
Mud Pumps Type Continental Emsco FC-2200 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco PS2-650/750
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design LeTourneau
Rig Model Super Gorilla
Year Built 2000
Country of Build USA
Yard Name Vicksburg, Mississippi
Group Yard Name Rowan Companies

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator ConocoPhillips

News

5 Dec 2006

Hydrocarbon discovery offshore Canada

Hydro and Husky Energy have discovered hydrocarbons during delineation drilling in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The West Bonne Bay F-12 well is located in Significant Discovery License (SDL) 1040, approximately 320 kilometres southeast of St. John’s, in close proximity to the Terra Nova oil field. Under a farm-in agreement with Hydro, operator of SDL 1040, Husky Energy drilled the well using the jack-up drilling rig Rowan Gorilla VI. The F-12 well was drilled to a total depth of 4,666 metres. A side track well F-12Z was drilled to further delineate the structure and to gather additional reservoir information. In both wells hydrocarbons were encountered in the Upper Hibernia formation. Further analysis of core, fluid samples and wireline log data is continuing to estimate the recoverable resources from this pool. “Hydro is very satisfied with the drilling operation and the cooperation with Husky. We are encouraged by the result and will evaluate the find further to see if this can be developed commercially, said Johan Kr. Mikkelsen, President of Norsk Hydro Canada Oil & Gas.

28 Jun 2006

Agreement for drilling the West Bonne Bay Prospect

Hydro has entered into a farm-in agreement with Husky Energy Inc. for the drilling of a well in the Jeanne dArc Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Hydro currently holds a 90 percent working interest and is the operator of the West Bonne Bay SDL 1040. Under the terms of the farm-in agreement, Husky will receive a 25 percent working interest in the prospect and an additional 7.5 percent in the North Ben Nevis SDL 1008, where Husky has a working interest of 65.6 percent. Husky will serve as operator for the drilling program. Mr. Johan Kristian Mikkelsen, President of Norsk Hydro Canada Oil & Gas, is pleased to welcome Husky Energy as a partner in the drilling of this well. “By using the drilling rig “Rowan Gorilla VI” under contract to Husky Energy, we have the opportunity to drill the well during a period when the market for drilling rigs is extremely tight,” he says. The West Bonne Bay prospect is located in Significant Discovery License (SDL) 1040, approximately 320 kilometres southeast of St. John’s, in close proximity to the Terra Nova oil field, and in water depths of 100 metres. The well will be drilled using the jack-up drilling rig “Rowan Gorilla VI”, which is under contract to Husky Energy. Drilling of the West Bonne Bay well is expected to begin in late June and will take approximately 60 days.

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