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Essar Wildcat starts work on USD121-million drilling contract off Indonesia

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The Wildcat, a semisubmersible offshore drilling rig, won the ConocoPhillips contract to drill 11 intelligent completion offshore wells.

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Essar_Wildcat_img2.jpgThe Essar Wildcat, a semisubmersible offshore drilling rig owned and operated by Essar Oilfield Services (EOSL), recently won a contract worth USD121 million with the international oil ‘supermajor’ ConocoPhillips to drill 11 intelligent completion offshore wells in Indonesian waters. EOSL emerged the winner from among a field of strong competitors such as Transocean and Maersk Drilling.

Intelligent well completion involves the installation of a combination of flow control and zonal isolation devices that enable operators to remotely monitor and control well inflow or injection downhole, at the reservoir, without physical intervention.

Essar Wildcat was mobilized for this contract on October 12, well within the given deadline of October 15, and is now working for ConocoPhillips in the West Natuna Sea. These are the first intelligent completion wells that ConocoPhillips will be drilling and Essar is pleased to be a part of this momentous project.

Safety is paramount

Essar_Wildcat_img1.jpgThe Essar Wildcat is fresh out of its yard stay at Keppel Fels, Singapore, where it underwent a Special Periodic Survey by international certification agency DNV. During the course of the yard stay, the rig was also brought up to ModuSpec compliance standards. ModuSpec is the leading global provider of innovative services aimed at ensuring operational integrity of drilling assets.

The Wildcat has earlier drilled for Gujarat State Petroleum, off the east coast of India, in the KG basin. Thereafter, the rig had been working with Vietsovpetro (a JV between PetroVietnam and Zarubezhneft), offshore of Vietnam, for the past year.


 
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