BJ Services Wins Coiled Tubing Contract from Shell UK

BJ Services Company has been awarded a 12-month contract by Shell UK to provide coiled tubing drilling (CTD), engineering and solids control services for two wells on the Gannet Platform in the Central North Sea.

BJ completed onshore trials in October in Aberdeen, with plans to commence offshore operations in early December. The two wells will be serviced consecutively, aiming to complete the workscope by February 2005.

The Shell Gannet contract will be carried out primarily by BJ Services personnel in Aberdeen, with further support provided by BJ engineering staff and technicians at the company's operations facilities in Great Yarmouth, England, and Emmen, The Netherlands.

Shell commissioned BJ Services as its single source of coiled tubing drilling services for the Gannet operation. The recent contract award from Shell comes on the heels of a highly successful CTD operation provided by BJ on the Emmen and Coevorden Fields in The Netherlands. BJ used DUCT technology to carry out CTD services on three onshore wells.

More than 285 underbalanced horizontal CTD operations have been carried out in Canada by BJ Services, as well as nearly 1,000 vertical underbalanced deepenings with coil. The three operations in Holland carried out by BJ in 2003 marked the first comprehensive international application of the technology.

In light of the positive longterm relationship shared by the two companies, BJ provides an overwhelming amount of coiled tubing services for Shell throughout Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom and Holland.