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Recent Offshore Rig Activity Notes Sample
Below is a sample of the 26 rig activity notes from the last week available to RigLogix subscribers.
May 15   |   Leiv Eiriksson   |   8,200 ft.   Semisub
OMV's wildcat well, Bjaaland, has been classed as a dry hole. Well 7324/8-2 is located south of the Wisting discovery, 7324/8-1 in PL 537 in the Barents Sea. This is the fourth exploration well drilled in this license with two of three previous wells encountering oil. Next the Leiv Eiriksson (UDW semisub) will move to PL 591 drill Tullow's Zumba prospect.

May 11   |   Noble Discoverer   |   2,500 ft.   Drillship
Following a comprehensive review, the BOEM conditionally approved Shell's revised multi-year exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea. Among the conditions of approval is the requirement that Shell obtain all necessary permits from other state and federal agencies, including permits to drill from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and appropriate authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Another condition of approval prevents Shell from commencing drilling operations until all Biological Opinions under the Endangered Species Act have been issued and requires all operations under the plan comply with the terms and conditions included in those Biological Opinions. Shell?s revised EP proposes the drilling of up to six wells within the Burger Prospect, located in approximately 140 feet of water about 70 miles northwest of the village of Wainwright. Shell will conduct its operations using the drillship Noble Discoverer and the semisub Transocean Polar Pioneer, with each vessel providing relief-well capability for the other. The two drilling units and their supporting vessels will depart the Chukchi Sea at the conclusion of each exploration drilling season.

May 12   |   Noble Sam Turner   |   400 ft.   Jackup
Maersk Oil & Gas has made a discovery with their Xana-1X exploration well located offshore Denmark. Xana-1X was drilled as a vertical well to a depth of 16,637' terminating in the Upper Jurassic sandstone. Evaluation of the results will now commence to plan next steps for determining the commercial potential of the well. Next Maersk will use the Noble Sam Turner (400' IC) to drill their Jude-1 appraisal well.

May 18   |   Atwood Achiever   |   12,000 ft.   Drillship
Kosmos Energy encountered additional hydrocarbons while taking their Tortue-1 exploration well to a deeper depth to evaluate the deeper Albian stratigraphy. Preliminary analysis indicates the well intersected approximately 32 feet of net hydrocarbon pay in the lower Albian section, which is currently interpreted to be gas. Atwood's newbuild drillship, Atwood Achiever, drilled the well to a total depth of approximately 16,732 feet in just over 8,800 feet of water in Mauritania's Block C8. The Tortue discovery area has also been renamed Ahmeyim.

May 18   |   Ocean BlackRhino   |   12,000 ft.   Drillship
Diamond Offshore newbuild Ocean BlackRhino (UDW drillship) has begun its initial operations, going to work for Murphy E&P in the company's Sea Eagle field in Mississippi Canyon Block 692. Murphy has the rig for the remaining 265 days of a previous contract it had with UDW semisub Ocean Confidence, and the operator could extend the contract to June. Upon completion of the Murphy work, the rig will have an idle period until 4Q/2016 when it begin a three-year contract in the Gulf of Mexico with Hess Corporation.

21 other rig notes were published last week that are only available to RigLogix subscribers. Subscribe today to get them all in your inbox each Friday.


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