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AGR place expert team in Rio de Janeiro
Published 01.10.2011
AGR Consultancy's associated office in Houston has placed a management and engineering team in Rio de Janeiro to assist Karoon Petróleo & Gás Ltda, a subsidiary of Karoon Gas Australia Ltd, with its exploratory deepwater drilling program offshore Brazil.

Karoon Gas Australia Ltd (Karoon), at the recommendation of the AGR office in Asia Pacific, first contacted AGR's Houston office in 2009. Staffing began in August 2010 for planning a multiple well program; sourcing equipment and services and developing drilling procedures.

The team consists of deepwater planning and operational engineers, superintendents, procurement specialists and is headed by Dennis Hining, a former ExxonMobil Drilling Manager who joined AGR in 2010. Technical support is provided by AGR technical personnel in the Houston office.

Karoon recently contracted the semisubmersible Blackford Dolphin on August 25, 2011 for a three firm well program. Drilling activities are anticipated to start 1st or 2nd quarter 2012 at which time a team of deepwater drilling supervisors will be mobilised to Brazil. In addition to the Brazil project, the team is also assisting the Peruvian Branch of Karoon in developing a drilling program both offshore and onshore Peru.

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