KCA DEUTAG to design modular rig for large-bore gas wells
KCA DEUTAG has been selected by Woodside Energy to carry out a major front end engineering design (FEED) contract relating to a 3,000-hp modular platform drilling rig (MPDR) for the Browse liquefied natural gas (LNG) development offshore Northwest Australia.
The MPDR will be capable of drilling large-bore gas wells up to 9,000-meter measured depth and of being transferred between dry tree units (DTUs) based on a tension leg platform design. The DTUs will be positioned over the Calliance and Brecknock fields, located approximately 270 km from the Kimberley Coast, Western Australia.
The Browse LNG development is a joint venture between Woodside, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron and Shell.
FEED work has commenced and is being carried out by KCA DEUTAG’s engineering division RDS in its London offices. It will take approximately six months to complete and involve interfacing with Woodside’s two selected DTU contractors, Aker Solutions in Oslo and MODEC in Houston.
Neil Stevenson, KCA DEUTAG director, business development and commercial, said, “This is an extremely important contract for KCA DEUTAG for a new client, and on one of the largest offshore LNG developments in the world. It also provides a major breakthrough into the expanding Australia onshore and offshore drilling market and builds upon our established presence in Southeast Asia.”
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