Rig: West Aquarius

Name West Aquarius
Owner Seadrill Operating LP
Manager Seadrill Partners LLC
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 9850
Max Drill Depth (ft) 32800
Dimensions (ft) 382.5 x 256 x 82
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Canada
Region North America

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type AKMH Wirth GH 4500 EG
Drawworks HP 4500
Mud Pumps Type AKMH Wirth TPK 2200
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco DDM-1000-AC-2M
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Gotaverken
Rig Model GVA 7500
Year Built 2009
Country of Build South Korea
Yard Name Okpo Shipyard
Group Yard Name Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator ExxonMobil

Rig Images

News

10 Oct 2013

'West Aquarius' awarded 18 month contract extension

Seadrill’s ‘West Aquarius’ semisub has been awarded an 18 month contract extension by ExxonMobil for continued drilling operations in Eastern Canada. The contract has been awarded on the back of ExxonMobil and Seadrill reaching an agreement over a non-payment of rates for the unit over a 37 day period at the beginning of its current contract. The rigs delivery was delayed due to extra time being required to complete modifications and repairs before the operator could receive authorisation from Canadian authorities to begin drilling operations. The contract extension is expected to total US$337 million and means the ‘West Aquarius’ is now contracted through to April 2017.

27 Aug 2013

New oil discovery offshore Canada

Statoil has made a third discovery of crude oil in the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland. The discovery was made on the Bay du Nord prospect (EL1112), located approximately 500 kilometres northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This discovery is the second discovery for Statoil offshore Newfoundland this year. In June, a discovery was made at the Harpoon prospect, which is located approximately 10 kilometres from Bay du Nord. “The success of Bay du Nord is the result of an ambitious and targeted drilling campaign in the Flemish Pass Basin,” says Statoil Exploration executive vice president Tim Dodson. “This discovery is very encouraging.” Dodson explains that as the volumes of both the Bay du Nord and Harpoon wells continue to be evaluated, Statoil is developing a greater understanding of the geology and potential of the basin. “The Flemish Pass Basin is a strategic part of Statoil’s global exploration portfolio. We are now planning to return to the area for further appraisal drilling in the future,” says Dodson. The Bay du Nord and Harpoon wells were drilled by the semi-submersible rig West Aquarius, both in approximately 1,100 metres of water. Bay du Nord is located about 20 kilometres south of Statoil’s Mizzen discovery. The Mizzen discovery, announced in 2010, is estimated to hold between 100-200 million barrels of oil. Statoil is the operator of Bay du Nord and Harpoon with a 65% interest. Husky Energy has a 35% interest.

19 Jun 2013

Statoil makes another oil find offshore Newfoundland

Statoil has made a discovery of light, high-quality oil in the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland. Oil was encountered while drilling the Harpoon prospect (EL 1112), located approximately 500 kilometres north-east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. "While it is still too early to determine Harpoon's resource potential at this time, this is very encouraging for the area and especially for the Bay du Nord well planned for later this year," says Erik Finnstrom, senior vice president for Exploration North America in Statoil. Finnstrom explains that Statoil's exploration strategy to test high-impact oil prospects in the Flemish Pass Basin is on target and that the Harpoon results will contribute to a greater understanding of the area. "We anticipate there will be further appraisal drilling to mature this discovery in the future," states Finnstrom. "We will continue to build this area as a core exploration region for Statoil." The Harpoon discovery was drilled by the semi-submersible rig West Aquarius, in approximately 1,100 metres of water. Harpoon is located about 10 kilometres south-east of Statoil's Mizzen discovery. The Mizzen discovery is estimated to hold between 100-200 million barrels of oil. As part of its 2013 three-well exploration program offshore Newfoundland, Statoil is currently drilling its Federation prospect, located in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin. The company will then return to the Flemish Pass Basin to drill the Bay du Nord prospect, which is located south-west of the Harpoon and Mizzen discoveries. Statoil is the operator of Harpoon with a 65 percent interest. Husky Energy is a 35 percent partner.

14 May 2012

Statoil secures rig for drilling offshore Newfoundland

Statoil has reached an agreement to use Seadrill’s West Aquarius deepwater drilling rig for Statoil’s 2012-2013 exploration activities offshore Newfoundland, Canada. “We have ambitious exploration targets offshore Newfoundland, and securing rig capacity is essential for reaching those targets,” says Geir Richardsen, head of Exploration for Statoil in Canada. “We look forward to putting this rig’s capabilities into action.” Starting late 2012, Statoil will begin a three-well drilling program, offshore Newfoundland, including two exploration wells in the Flemish Pass Basin as well as an exploration well in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin. “I am pleased that the company has acquired future rig capacity as exploration activity is a key component of Statoil’s ambitions to become a producing operator offshore Newfoundland,” says Kjell Magnus Myge, head of Procurement for Statoil in Canada. The West Aquarius drilling rig is a sixth generation semi-submersible DP3 vessel built in South Korea in 2009. The vessel can operate in harsh environments up to 3,000 m water depth. The rig has been taken on as an assignment from ExxonMobil Deepwater Rig Limited. Statoil is an international energy company with high ambitions for international growth, and with business operations in 37 countries around the world. Statoil’s North American activities are managed out of two main offices located in Houston, Texas, USA and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Statoil also has offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Austin, Texas, Stamford, Connecticut , Washington, D.C., Williston, North Dakota, USA and St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

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