Byron Energy has executed a drilling contract with Ensco, under which the Ensco 68 jack-up rig will be provided for Byron’s South Marsh Island Block 71 drilling and completion program. The Ensco 68 will be available by the end of November 2017 after Byron sets its tripod production facility on the lease. The 60-day contract will allow Byron to drill the SM71 F2 well and then complete the SM71 F2 and SM71 F1 (previously referred to as SM 71 #1) wells.
The SM71 F2 well has two targets, the B65 Sand and the D5 Sand. Drilling is currently programmed to a depth of 8,965 feet/2,608 metres measured depth (7,555 feet/2,303m True Vertical Depth) and is expected to take less than 30 days. After drilling the SM71 F2, rig operations will convert to completing the SM71 F1 and SM71 F2 wells before the rig is released. Production is expected to start in in late January 2018 or approximately 10 days after the rig leaves location upon final hook-up of production equipment
Ensco 68 capable to drill in 400 ft of water, was built by Marathon Le Tourneau Offshore in Brownsville, Tx, in 1976. (Source: Byron Energy)