by Angela Durkin, COO of Maersk Drilling
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Africa Oil Week, possibly the most important conference in our industry on the African continent. It was my first visit to this influential and inspiring event in Cape Town, and I was fortunate to get to moderate a panel on the subjects of “Surviving the Downturn” and “Future Outlooks for West Africa”.
Did you know that on a deep water rig it is just as challenging to drill in shallow water as in very deep water?
Following stellar operational and safety performance in 2016, Maersk Explorer has won BP’s global ‘Creating Efficiencies’ award for the first quarter of 2017.
Maersk Drilling has received a notice of early contract termination from Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC), Chevron Corporation’s affiliate in Angola, for the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible Mærsk Deliverer. The contract was due to end in December 2016, and as per the contract, Maersk Drilling is entitled to receive compensation for the remaining part of the contract. The contract cancellation will be financially neutral to Maersk Drilling.
Mærsk Deliverer has successfully completed her five-yearly special periodic survey (SPS) yard stay ahead of time.
In the beginning of May, the crew on Maersk Discoverer reached a great milestone when they finalised their latest well two months ahead of time. The well was another East Nile Delta success for BP, discovering 50 m of gas pay in high-quality Oligocene sandstones.