TWMA Receives Contract Extension by Total

TWMA has been awarded a $6.4million contract extension by Total E&P UK Limited for continued drilling-waste management services in the UK North Sea.

The UK-headquartered firm has been contracted for a further two years to process and handle drill cuttings from the Rowan Viking's first drilling campaign with Total.

The N-class newbuild drill unit will commence a two-well UK offshore drill program late-May initially for development drilling in the Elgin field, followed by the planned drilling of the Corfe prospect, south of Elgin.

The Rowan Viking jack-up is owned by Houston-based Rowan and currently operated by Total. It is one of the largest jack-up rigs operating in the North Sea.

Under the extended deal, TWMA's TCC RotoMill thermal processing technology will process and recycle cuttings alongside the firm's Cuttings Containment and Distribution System (CCDS).

The CCDS system contains large volumes of drill cuttings at the rig site, while the TCC RotoMill recycles recovered oil back into the drilling fluid. This gives operators a complete environmentally sensitive system at remote offshore locations.

Ronnie Garrick, managing director of TWMA, said, "We have a long-established relationship with Total and are very pleased that the operator has chosen to continue using our services following a successful waste management campaign on the Rowan Gorilla V.

"We look forward to working with Total over the course of this latest drilling program."