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Leiv Eiriksson Rig Heads Back to Norway after Falklands Drilling

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Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL) announced Thursday that the Leiv Eiriksson (DW semisub) rig will be demobilized and transported back to Norway after the completion of a drilling campaign in the South Falkland Basin in the South Atlantic.

As well as drilling two wells – Scotia and Loligo – for FOGL, the Leiv Eiriksson rig also drilled two other South Falkland Basin wells – Darwin East and Stebbing – for Borders & Southern in a campaign that had mixed success and was accompanied by diplomatic rhetoric from the Argentine government, which insists that drilling by UK energy companies around the Falkland Islands is illegal.

The Scotia well, which FOGL declared was not a commercial discovery on Nov. 27, has been successfully plugged and abandoned. FOGL added that both the Loligo and Scotia wells were completed safely and within budget.

"FOGL would like to thank all the contractors and their employees who have contributed to the planning and execution of the drilling campaign. In particular, we would like to thank AGR, Ocean Rig and the many other contractors on board the Leiv Eiriksson and the support vessels in the Falklands for the excellent safety, environmental and operational performance achieved during the drilling campaign," FOGL Chief Executive Tim Bushell said in a company statement.

"We look forward to evaluating the results of the two wells drilled in 2012 and incorporating these, together with the output from the forthcoming 3D surveys, into our future drilling plans."


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