Rig Arrives for Kupe Drilling Program

Kupe Gas and Condensate project has reached a major milestone in offshore operations with the arrival of the New Plymouth drilling rig. The Ensco 107 offshore drilling rig has been transported to New Zealand from Singapore on the heavy lift vessel, the Willift Falcon.

The rig will go past Port Taranaki for customs and immigration clearance before unloading in Admiralty Bay. It will then be towed out to the Kupe field.

The first task of the Ensco 107 is to install the wellhead platform jacket – effectively the legs of the offshore platform, which will be located 30 km off the coast from Hawera. The jacket is currently in Port Taranaki harbor.

Once the jacket is installed, the rig will then begin drilling the Project’s three production wells and then finally install the topsides of the offshore platform.

Weighing approximately 16,000 tonnes, the Ensco 107 stands 157 meters high and is 63 meters wide. During the drilling campaign, approximately 100 drilling team members and their support staff will live onboard the rig.

The Kupe Gas Project is expected to be completed by mid-2009 and will produce approximately 254 petajoules of natural gas, 1.1 million tonnes of LPG and 14.7 million barrels of light oil (condensate).

Participants in the Kupe Gas Project are:

Origin Energy Limited (through its subsidiary Origin
Energy Resources (Kupe) Limited (Operator)         50%
Genesis Energy                                     31%
New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited                      15%
Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd                        4%

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