Rowan’s biggest challenge to entering the offshore Angolan market was securing entry permits and work visas for personnel, said Mike DuBose, Rowan VP operations.
The challenges facing a new entrant to the offshore drilling market in West Africa were explained at the IADC Drilling Africa Conference & Exhibition by Mike DuBose, vice president of operations for Rowan Drilling Company.
Rowan’s vision included expanding its presence in the Middle East and North Sea and entering additional global markets to invest in long-term growth at higher rates of return. Mr DuBose’s presentation at the Lisbon conference focused on the company's entry into the market offshore Angola and its first rig there, the Rowan Gorilla VII.
He said Rowan’s biggest challenge entering the area was securing entry permits and work visas for its personnel, a process complicated by conflicting information the company received from various sources. The company finally secured a visa agency in Houston who was able to secure solid information and communicated visa requirements in an easily understandable format for each nationality involved. The visa process took over 1,500 manhours to obtain 70 work permits.Read More »