Statoil secures rig for drilling offshore Newfoundland
CALGARY, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Statoil has reached an agreement to use
Seadrill’s West Aquarius deepwater drilling rig for Statoil’s 2012-2013
exploration activities offshore Newfoundland, Canada.
“We have ambitious exploration targets offshore Newfoundland, and
securing rig capacity is essential for reaching those targets,” says
Geir Richardsen, head of Exploration for Statoil in Canada. “We look
forward to putting this rig’s capabilities into action.”
Starting late 2012, Statoil will begin a three-well drilling program,
offshore Newfoundland, including two exploration wells in the Flemish
Pass Basin as well as an exploration well in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin. “I
am pleased that the company has acquired future rig capacity as
exploration activity is a key component of Statoil’s ambitions to
become a producing operator offshore Newfoundland,” says Kjell Magnus
Myge, head of Procurement for Statoil in Canada.
The West Aquarius drilling rig is a sixth generation semi-submersible
DP3 vessel built in South Korea in 2009. The vessel can operate in
harsh environments up to 3,000 m water depth. The rig has been taken on
as an assignment from ExxonMobil Deepwater Rig Limited.
Statoil is an international energy company with high ambitions for
international growth, and with business operations in 37 countries
around the world. Statoil’s North American activities are managed out
of two main offices located in Houston, Texas, USA and Calgary,
Alberta, Canada. Statoil also has offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Austin,
Texas, Stamford, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Williston, North
Dakota, USA and St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
SOURCE Statoil Canada Limited
Image with caption: “Statoil to use the West Aquarius deepwater drilling rig for exploration activities offshore Newfoundland, Canada. (CNW Group/Statoil Canada Limited)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120514_C7325_PHOTO_EN_13688.jpg
Image with caption: “Statoil’s acreage and planned exploration wells offshore Newfoundland (CNW Group/Statoil Canada Limited)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120514_C7325_PHOTO_EN_13689.jpg