CATEGORIZED | News

Statoil awards four-year contract to ultra-deepwater semi West Hercules

Posted on 20 September 2011

West Hercules, an ultra-deepwater semi currently in the South China Sea, will be under a four-year contract with Statoil. The operation will commence in Q3 2012.

Statoil awarded a four-year contract to Seadrill’s ultra-deepwater, harsh-environment semi West Hercules earlier this month, with an option to extend it for one year. The assignment is scheduled to commence in Q3 2012, following completion of the rig’s current contract in the South China Sea and a mobilization period. The rig will be operated by North Atlantic Drilling, Seadrill’s 75%-owned subsidiary.

West Hercules is a sixth-generation, dynamically positioned semisubmersible and has been working in the South China Sea since November 2008.

“Inclusion of this rig in our portfolio provides the necessary flexibility we are looking for, and it supports our earlier communicated strategy of revitalizing the NCS (Norwegian Continental Shelf) with high-value barrels and deliver on our exploration program globally. Acquiring this rig is an important contribution to securing Statoil’s rig capacity,” Tim Dodson, Statoil’s executive VP for exploration, said.

Statoil says the rig will be put to work on targeted wells on the NCS and elsewhere that will make use of the unit’s advanced capabilities, such as high pressure, high temperature and completion.

“We are pleased to secure a long-term contract for one of our most advanced ultra-deepwater rigs. This assignment reflects the growth in demand for premium rigs and allows West Hercules to utilize its deepwater and harsh-environment capabilities,” Alf C Thorkildsen, Seadrill Management AS CEO, said.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 23 July 2014

    Halliburton promotes Jeff Miller to President

    Halliburton has promoted Jeff Miller to President and has appointed him to the Halliburton Board of Directors effective 1 August 2014. Mr Miller is currently the...

  • 23 July 2014

    Statoil resumes production on Njord A platform

    Statoil has resumed oil and gas production on the Njord A platform in the Norwegian Sea, after a major reinforcement of the platform structure. Production had been shut down...

  • 22 July 2014

    Petrobras’ domestic oil production tops 2 million bbl/day in June

    Petrobras’ June oil production in Brazil averaged 2 million bbl/day (bpd), a 1.7% increase from May’s production of 1.9 million bpd. In addition, the production operated...

  • 22 July 2014

    Precision, Schlumberger partner to boost industrialization of North American unconventional drilling

    Precision Drilling has entered into a strategic technology and service agreement and marketing alliance with Schlumberger. Utilizing Precision’s Tier 1 drilling rigs and...

  • 22 July 2014

    Easternwell to manage delivery of onshore servicing rig for Brunei

    Australia’s Easternwell, a subsidiary of Transfield Services, has expanded internationally through an agreement with Flux O.S. SDN BHD (Flux), a Bruneian oil and gas company...

  • Read more news