Rig: Valaris JU-290

Name Valaris JU-290
Owner Valaris PLC
Manager Valaris PLC
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type High-Specification
Max Water Depth (ft) 400
Max Drill Depth (ft) 35000
Dimensions (ft) 264 x 289 x 35
Leg Length (ft) 568
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Norway
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco 4600
Drawworks HP 4200
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco 14-P-220 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco HPS-1000
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Keppel FELS
Rig Model N Class
Year Built 2010
Country of Build Singapore
Yard Name Pioneer Yard I
Group Yard Name Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Standby
Operator

News

25 Aug 2015

Lundin confirms strike at Edvard Greig appraisal

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 338, is in the process of completing the drilling of appraisal well 16/1-23 S on the Edvard Grieg oil field in the central section of the North Sea. Appraisal well 16/1-23 S is drilled 2.4 kilometres southeast of the Edvard Grieg platform. The field was proven in the autumn of 2007 and consists of Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic reservoir rocks. Prior to well 16/1-23 S being drilled, the operator's resource estimate for the field was 29.8 million standard cubic metres of recoverable oil. The purpose of the well was to investigate reservoir rocks, reservoir properties and the oil/water contact as regards delineating the south-eastern section of the Edvard Grieg field. In addition, the purpose was to optimise the drainage strategy for the best possible location of production wells in this area. The well 16/1-23 S encountered a total oil column of 67 metres in conglomorate sandstone with moderate to good reservoir quality. The oil/water contact was encountered 1933.5m below the sea surface, which is 5.5 metres shallower than the contact in the rest of the field. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. A total of five small-scale formation tests (mini DSTs) have been carried out in the oil and water zone, with test production of one-metre intervals through the drilling string. The tests in the oil zone showed good flow properties, whereas the flow rate was moderate in the water zone. Preliminary calculations show that the results from the well may result in an increase of between 1 and 8 million standard cubic metres recoverable oil in this section of the Edvard Grieg field. Further work is expected to reduce the uncertainty of this estimate. This is the tenth exploration well in production licence 338 and the seventh exploration well on the Edvard Grieg field. The licence was awarded in APA 2004. A Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Edvard Grieg field was submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on 16 January 2012. Appraisal well 16/1-23 S is drilled to a measured and vertical depth of 2130 and 2043 metres respectively below the sea surface and terminated in granite bedrock. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth at the site is 108 metres. The well was drilled by the drilling facility Rowan Viking, which now will continue to drill production and injection wells on the Edvard Grieg field.

5 Aug 2015

Lundin successful with Edvard Grieg appraisal

Lundin Petroleum AB (“Lundin”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (“Lundin Norway”) has completed the drilling and logging of appraisal well 16/1-23 S on the Edvard Grieg field in the Norwegian North Sea. The well was located in PL338 and was drilled approximately 2.4 km southeast of the Edvard Grieg platform location. The objectives of the well were to further delineate the south eastern part of the Edvard Grieg field southwestwardly from last year’s successful appraisal well 16/1-18 in order to optimise the drainage strategy and to determine the best possible location for production wells in this area. The well was also testing incremental resource potential in this part of the field. The well encountered a 66 metres gross oil column in pebbly sandstone with medium to good reservoir quality. Extensive data acquisition and sampling is currently ongoing with the initial data results appearing very promising with regard to additional in-place volumes. The integration of these positive well results will be used to optimise the drainage strategy and to determine the best possible location for production wells in this area. Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum, comments: “The Edvard Grieg southeast appraisal well has been successful. This well, together with last year’s appraisal well in the same area of the field, will in my opinion result in an increase to the Edvard Grieg reserves at the end of this year. The low incremental cost of developing such barrels will add value to the Edvard Grieg asset.” This is the tenth exploration/appraisal well in PL338 of which seven have been drilled on the Edvard Grieg field. The licence was awarded on 17 December 2004 (APA 2004). The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2,043 metres below the sea surface and terminated in granite basement. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth at the site is 108 metres. The well was drilled by the jack-up rig Rowan Viking which will return to the Edvard Grieg platform to continue drilling of production and injection wells. Lundin Norway is the operator of PL338 with 50 percent working interest. The partners are OMV Norge AS with 20 percent working interest, Statoil Petroleum AS with 15 percent working interest and Wintershall Norge AS with 15 percent working interest.

10 Jun 2015

Lundin given approval to drill Edvard Greig SE appraisal well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-23 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/1-23 S will be drilled from the Rowan Viking drilling facility at position 58°49’47.04’’ north 02°16’56.00’’ east in production licence 338. The drilling programme for well 16/1-23 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 338. Lundin is the operator with a 50 per cent ownership interest. The other licensees are OMV (Norge) AS with 20 per cent, Statoil Petroleum AS and Wintershall Norge AS, each with 15 per cent. The area in this licence consists of parts of block 16/1. The well will be drilled to the southeast of the Edvard Grieg field in the central part of the North Sea. Production licence 338 was awarded on 17 December 2004 (APA 2004). This is the tenth exploration well to be drilled within the area of this licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

9 Sep 2014

Lundin receives consent to use 'Rowan Viking' on Edvard Grieg field

Lundin Norway AS has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to use ‘Rowan Viking’ to drill production wells on the Edvard Grieg field. Lundin Norway AS is the operator on the Edvard Grieg field in block 16/1 in the central North Sea, around 45 km south of the Grane and Balder fields and 180 km west of Stavanger. Water depth at the site is around 110 metres. The PSA has now given Lundin consent to use the ‘Rowan Viking’ mobile drilling facility to drill 15 wells for production and water injection. Drilling will last until autumn 2017, with a break in summer 2015 while the seabed facilities are installed.

1 Sep 2014

'Rowan Viking' receives AoC in Norway

The ‘Rowan Viking’ jack-up facility has received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA). It is the PSA's assessment that petroleum activities may be carried out using the ‘Rowan Viking’ facility within the regulatory framework. The validity of this Acknowledgement of Compliance assumes that Rowan Norway Limited ensures that the facility and relevant parts of the company’s organisation and management systems are maintained, to fulfil terms and conditions set out in the PSA’s decision.

23 Oct 2010

Keppel delivers North Sea-compliant dual-capability high-specification jack-up to Rowan

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered the first of three KFELS N-Class jack-up rigs being built for Rowan Companies, Inc. (Rowan) (NYSE: RDC) safely, on time and within budget. Built to the proprietary KFELS N-Class design, this new-generation rig is the largest jack-up to be constructed in Singapore. This rig design is the brainchild of Keppel's R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD), following Keppel's extensive experience in constructing rigs for the North Sea region since 1985. The North Sea region is one of the world's toughest operating environments for offshore exploration and production.

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