North Atlantic Drilling Takes Delivery of Jackup West Elara

North Atlantic Drilling Ltd., in which Seadrill has a 75 percent ownership, has taken delivery of the new harsh environment jackup drilling rig, West Elara from Jurong Shipyard in Singapore. The rig is expected to depart Singapore on August 11th and arrive at Westcon Shipyard in Olen, Norway in early October in order to undertake final contract preparation activities. The West Elara is expected to begin operations for Statoil on a five- year contract during late November 2011.

The West Elara is the first of two Gusto MSC CJ70 150A rigs to be constructed for North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. The rig is an advanced, ultra large, harsh environment, high specification drilling unit, specifically built for Norwegian requirements and matching the specifications of the largest jackup drilling units in the world. The unit can operate in water depth up to 150 meters with a higher variable deck load and a higher operating efficiency compared to earlier generation jackups. The size of the unit allows for additional opportunities in terms of logistics, well testing and early production.

Alf C. Thorkildsen, Chief Executive Officer in Seadrill Management AS and Chairman of North Atlantic Drilling Ltd, said, "We are pleased to take delivery of the West Elara, the first of two new ultra large and harsh environment jackups to be added to the North Atlantic Drilling fleet. We look forward to seeing this new and advanced drilling unit operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, creating growth for North Atlantic Drilling ahead of its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, increasing our presence in this key region and further strengthening our relationship with Statoil, one of our most important customers."

For More Information on the Offshore Rig Fleet:
RigLogix can provide the information that you need about the offshore rig fleet, whether you need utilization and industry trends or detailed reports on future rig contracts. Subscribing to RigLogix will allow you to access dozens of prebuilt reports and build your own custom reports using hundreds of available data columns. For more information about a RigLogix subscription, visit www.riglogix.com.
Events  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Our Privacy Pledge
SUBSCRIBE


Most Popular Articles


From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Mechanical Engineer
Expertise: Mechanical Engineering
Location: Somerset, PA
 
US, Kilgore, TX: Mechanic Technician I - III
Expertise: Mechanic
Location: Kilgore, TX
 
United States Fort Lupton: Principal Tech - Electrical/Electronics
Expertise: Electrical Technician
Location: Fort Lupton, CO
 
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $53.94/BBL 6.87%
Light Crude Oil : $51.06/BBL 3.27%
Natural Gas : $3.51/MMBtu 4.77%
Updated in last 24 hours