Large Land Rig Coming for Onshore Pohokura Project

The largest land drilling rig ever used in New Zealand is to be imported to drill three production wells and a water disposal well next year from onshore for the 700bcf Pohokura gas field development in PMP 38154 offshore near New Plymouth.

Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS), the operator for the Pohokura project, announcing three major contracts for the project, said that the onshore drilling contract had been awarded to Oil Drilling & Exploration (Borneo) Pty Ltd (ODE).

The drill rig, which is to be imported from Indonesia, is scheduled to begin drilling in the first quarter of 2005 and will take up to 12 months to complete the four wells.

The wells will be drilled from the wellsite now under construction adjacent to the new Pohokura production station site also being formed at Motunui, near New Plymouth.

STOS said the contract for the design and construction of the onshore production station at Motunui has been awarded to the Fletcher Construction Company Ltd.

Fletcher Construction will sub-contract design work to Transfield Worley in New Plymouth. Construction on the Pohokura site will commence in March 2005 and continue on to around June 2006. Transfield Worley, has already done some preliminary Pohokura work,

The contract for the design and construction of the Pohokura offshore platform has been awarded to a joint venture of Fitzroy Engineering Group of New Plymouth, and Ausclad Group of Companies (AGC) of Perth, Australia. The unmanned platform will sit in 32m of water with the topsides having no equipment other than trees, flowlines, a manifold, navaids and remote instrumentation.

The Pohokura joint venture partners are Shell New Zealand (48% stake), OMV (26%) and Todd Energy (26%).