Baker Hughes and Schlumberger to Work on Oseberg and Gullfaks Cat J Rigs

Statoil said it will contract Baker Hughes and Schlumberger for integrated drilling and well services on the Cat J rigs Askepott and Askeladden.

The rigs will perform work at Oseberg and the Gullfaks.

Initially awarded for four years the contracts include options for two 2-year extensions. The contracts include: Cementing and pumping; Completion; Drilling and completion fluids; Integrated drilling services.

Schlumberger is currently delivering integrated drilling and well services at Mariner and Baker Hughes at Johan Sverdrup.

“Statoil aims to run safe operations, cut well costs and ensure efficient well deliveries. We look forward to working closely with these two suppliers on the licences’ own rigs. These contracts will help increase activities on the Norwegian continental shelf, ensure predictability, and create more jobs,” says Geir Tungesvik, Statoil’s senior vice president for drilling & well.

Oseberg Cat J will contribute to continued development of the Oseberg area. From the autumn of 2017 the rig will drill wells for the Vestflanken 2 project. Later the rig may be used for further developing the area in the Oseberg Future Development, phases 2 and 3.

Owned by the Gullfaks and Oseberg licences the Cat J jack-up rigs are tailored to the conditions in the North Sea, where they are scheduled to be installed in the summer and autumn of 2017, respectively.

The Cat J rigs are specially designed to perform efficient drilling operations on subsea development solutions in addition to conventional surface drilling from fixed platforms.

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