GulfSlope Energy announces the execution of a drilling services contract with Atlantic Maritime Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rowan Companies, to secure and utilize the Ralph Coffman jackup rig for the Company’s 2018 Gulf of Mexico drilling program. GulfSlope anticipates spudding the first well in mid-2018 on Vermilion Area, South Addition Block 378 (Canoe Shallow prospect) and the second well on Ship Shoal Area, South Addition Blocks 336 / 351 (Tau prospect) shortly thereafter. Initial drilling on both prospects is expected to be completed before the end of the year. The Ralph Coffman is a high specification jackup rig that can drill to 35,000 feet. The rig is currently being mobilized from Trinidad and is anticipated to arrive in the Gulf of Mexico shortly.
” The execution of this contract is a critical milestone in advancing the 2018 drilling program under the Participation Agreement announced in January with our partners Delek GOM Investments, LLC and Texas South Energy, Inc. and we are looking forward to unlocking the exciting potential that has been hidden beneath salt,” stated John Seitz, Chairman and CEO of GulfSlope. He added, “Rowan and the GulfSlope management team have drilled successful Gulf of Mexico wells together in this very play, and this combination makes for a powerful team as we begin our drilling campaign.”
Ralph Coffman, a 375 ft LeTourneau Workhorse jackup was built in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 2009.The rig is actually ready stacked in Trinidad.