Jackup Rig Sinks Offshore Saudi Arabia
Arabian Drilling Company's independent leg jackup rig AD19, formerly the Sedneth 202, collapsed and sank offshore Saudi Arabia following an accident that occurred as the rig was being positioned over a Khafji field producing well.
Sources at the scene said "the rig fell when one leg buckled". When the rig collapsed the production tree was sheared, resulting in a blowout that ultimately sank the rig. The operator AOC, an Aramco Joint Venture company, has mobilized the AD17 to drill a relief well in an effort to regain control of, or plug the damaged well.
According to Arabian Drilling Company joint venture partner, Schlumberger Drilling Services, several crewmen were injured but there were no fatalities.