Jackup PV Drilling I has just arrived on location in the Bach Ho Field off Vietnam to begin a quick one-well contract for VietSovPetro. The rig had just completed work for Cuulong JOC and had an idle gap until around mid-October when it was due to begin a six-well plus two-option contract for KrisEnergy. The current well will take the rig to the end of September, cutting the idle time to just a couple of weeks.
Market sources suggest that MDW semi COSLProspector (4,921') will complete work with CNOOC in the South China Sea in the fourth quarter of 2017. It is understood that the rig is being bid on work for 2018 and 2019 in the UK and Norwegian sectors, where the company has seen the most increase in tendering activity of late. The unit does not yet have a UK Safety Case or Norwegian AoC, which it would need to work in either of these countries.
Jackup ENSCO 106 (400'-IC) has completed operations in Block B15 for Sapura Energy, completing the contract. It is now mobilizing to Singapore where it will undergo contract preparations for its upcoming five-year plus three-year option program with BP in the Tangguh PSC off Indonesia, with work starting in December.
Atwood are close to finalizing the sale of Korkut New Era design semi Atwood Eagle, built in 1982. The former Diamond M Eagle was removed from Atwood’s active fleet in May and put up for sale as scrap. The rig, which had long worked in the region, mostly in Australia, last worked in Match 2016 and has been stacked in Singapore’s KeppelFELS yard since then.
Vietsovpetro has an option to include some workovers in its contract with PV Drilling for jackup PV Drilling II which began a 4+4 well charter in the Bach Ho field offshore Vietnam in June with the firm period lasting until December. Should the options and workovers be exercised the rig will be tied up until mid 2018 at the earliest. Two other of PV Drilling’s jackups are due to complete their charters this month. PV Drilling III is set to be released by Than Long JOC on 20th August. The rig has been drilling 2 wells in block 15-2/01 commencing [...]
Noble jackup Noble Tom Prosser is en route to Darwin in Australia aboard heavy lift vessel Zhen Hua 33 which departed from Sharjah last week. The rig will arrive in Darwin late August ahead of its 60-day charter with PTTEP in the Montara field which should commence in September. The JU3000N design rig previously worked in Australia for Quadrant Energy in 2015 and was then mobilized to the Middle East in October 2016 at the conclusion of the Quadrant charter. The rig is one of only five jackups that currently have an Australian Safety Case.
Diamond Offshore have decided to remove five cold stacked floaters from active service and they are being held for sale as scrap or non drilling uses. All five have been cold stacked for three years or more. In the North Sea mid water floaters the Ocean Nomad, a 1975 built Aker H-3-2 design semi, has been stacked since March 2015, the Ocean Princess, an Aker H-3 also built in 1975 and also idle since March 1975 and lastly the Trosvik Bingo 3000 design rig Ocean Vanguard built in 1982 which has been out of work since June 2014. The other [...]
COSL jackup COSLPower has yet to mobilize to Nigeria even though it is scheduled to com-mence its charter with Sirius Petroleum later this month. The rig is on standby in Malaysia awaiting the operators instructions to commence mobilization. The 4-well charter is expected to keep the rig busy for around 6 months. It has been idle since September 2014.
Inpex’s semi sub production platform the Icthys Explorer has now been joined by the new build FPSO Ichthys Venturer which has just arrived from DSME in South Korea with mooring, hook up and commissioning now underway in the Ichthys field. The Ichthys Explorer will receive all gas and condensate from the field before the gas is piped to Darwin for processing into LNG, while the condensate will be piped to the Ichthys Venturer.
Vantage jackup Topaz Driller completes its charter with Ophir Energy in Thailand this month and will next mobilize to Indonesia for its next contract with PC Indonesia for two development wells in the Ketapang PSC which are expected to take up to 180 days keeping the rig occupied until February next year.
Seadrill UDW semi West Orion has departed Walvis Bay off Namibia and is headed to Singapore, likely for cold stacking. Seadrill had reported it was one of three units being considered for cold stacking. It had been idle in Namibia since August 2016.
UDW semi Maersk Deliverer (10,000') has departed Walvis Bay in Namibia and is headed for Labuan, Malaysia. The rig, which has been stacked since March 2016, is scheduled to arrive in October. It is not yet known why the rig is being moved, but further details will be reported once they are available.
Dolphin Drilling, who by October will have its entire fleet idle, have reported that although UDW drillship Belford Dolphin, currently in Labuan, is cold stacked they are still marketing the rig worldwide. The rig arrived from Mozambique in 2015 and after completing its 5-year class renewal survey in Singapore, was moved to Labuan where it has remained ever since.
Saipem deepwater semi Scarabeo 7 is still on standby offshore Balikpapan in Indonesia but is now expected to resume work later this year. The rig is chartered by Eni until mid 2018 and had been undertaking the Jankrik development drilling, which began in September 2014, until early this year when Eni stacked the rig on standby rate while unsuccessfully seeking sublet opportunities.
Seadrill jackup West Telesto has mobilized to its drilling location in Malaysia and has already begun its 90-day firm charter with Petronas Carigali. The F&G JU2000E design rig will next be available in mid October but could be longer if options are exercised by PCSB.
Chevron in Australia has released Ensco jackup Ensco 107 a little earlier than expected and have not exercised the last two options they held under the contract. The rig had been carrying out a plug and abandonment program at the Thevenard Island Retirement Project. The rig has now left Australia and is now heading back to Singapore where it will be stacked and is available.
Another Transocean UDW unit, drillship Discoverer Luanda, is reported to by on a standby rate of $431,000 a day whilst seeing out its contract with BP which ends in February 2018. The rig recently arrived from Angola and is stacked in Labuan beside another BP contracted unit on standby under contract, Ocean GreatWhite. Transocean also has Deepwater Nautilus stacked on contract in Labuan, this time chartered to Shell until end of August this year.
Transocean jackup Transocean Andaman has completed its long term charter with Chevron in Thailand, for whom it had worked since 2013, and has been released. Transocean have handed over the unit to new owner Borr Drilling. It is not known what Borr intend to do with the rig which is now stacked in Singapore. Two other Transocean jackups working for Chevron, Ao Thai and Siam Driller, have also been purchased by Borr but Transocean is to continue operating these units until expiry of their contracts with Chevron in October 2018 and May 2018 respectively.
PV Drilling jackup PV Drilling III is now likely to complete its charter with Than Long JOC a little earlier than planned. The 2 well charter in Block 15-2/01 offshore Vietnam will now be complete by end August instead of late September. The rig is then available and will be stacked in Vung Tao pending its next charter.
Shell’s giant FLNG facility, the Prelude FLNG, has arrived at the Prelude field in Western Australia after a 3,600 mile journey from Samsung shipyard in South Korea during which it was towed by three tugs. The largest floating offshore structure ever built is capable of extracting and liquefying gas at sea so it can be ex-ported direct from the facili-ty to buyers around the world. The facility will be moored to the seabed, in 250m water depths, via 16 pre-positioned mooring chains attached to its 93m high turret, and will remain on loca-tion for up to 25 years and peak [...]