Sealion ROV Carries Out Casino Field Completions Program

Fugro Survey Pty Ltd's Sealion ROV, working for Santos onboard the MODU Ocean Patriot, has successfully finished wellhead completions work at the Casino Field.

The ROV carried out wellhead tree installation, inspection, hot stabs, various torque tool interface operations, debris clearance surveys as well as normal drill support duties. The Sealion workhorse ROV having been onboard the rig for the last 4 years has moulded into the Diamond Offshore Ocean Patriot Operation and has a very close working relationship with the MODU Offshore Crew.

''The ROV performed all operations unobtrusively, efficiently, with a minimum of fuss and was ready to go when called upon.'', commented Peter Dodd Completions Team Leader for Santos.

The awarding of the Casino Project saw the Fugro Perth office providing both ROV and Survey services to Santos for the duration of the campaign. The project being developed by Santos involved the installation of two wells ( Casino 4 and Casino 5)which were completed with subsea trees and will produce through 38 km of 12 inch pipeline to shore to the existing onshore Iona gas facility. First gas production is expected early 2006.

The Casino Gas Field is located 30 km offshore from Port Campbell on Victoria's south-west coast.