Archer announces the award of a contract with OMV Taranaki Limited for the provision of drilling services using the modular drilling rig (MDR) Archer Emerald, including associated services, materials, equipment and personnel. The contract is for a firm five well contract with two one well options on OMV’s Maui A platform located in the Tasman Sea in New Zealand. The firm contract commitment is estimated at 11 months, with a further 5 months for the optional wells. Following a period of rig reactivation and pre-operation acceptance testing, the MDR will be mobilised from Norway to New Zealand with drilling expected to commence 1st March 2020.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract which reinforces our position as the leading provider of harsh environment offshore modular drilling rigs with our commitment to provide safe and efficient drilling solutions,” said Kenny Dey, Archer’s Vice President for Platform Drilling. “This award demonstrates the confidence our client has in our modular rig technology and personnel following Emerald’s first successful drilling campaign on Maui A between 2012 and 2014.We look forward to working closely with OMV. Our personnel are committed to deliver safe, efficient and successful wells.”
The Maui natural gas field is the largest gas, natural gas condensate and oil field in New Zealand, producing nearly three-quarters of the country’s hydrocarbons, as well as providing energy for electricity generation. It is located in the Tasman Sea, 35 km off the coast of Taranaki and to the southwest of New Plymouth. It covers an area of 157 square kilometres and is located in 110 metres of water. The gas field was discovered in 1969 by a joint venture of Royal Dutch/Shell, British Petroleum and Todd Petroleum. Two platforms operate in the field: full production from Maui A began in 1979; Maui B was installed 13 years later.
Based in Sandnes, Norway, Archer is a global oil services company with operations in 40 locations. The company provides drilling services, well integrity & intervention, plug & abandonment and decommissioning to its upstream oil and gas clients.
Formed in 2011, Archer is the coming together of two well specialist companies – Seawell and Allis-Chalmers Energy
(Source: Archer/OMV – Image: Maui A platform/Senex)