AGR Spud First Well with the Leiv Eiriksson in the Falkland Islands
Borders & Southern’s Darwin East well was spudded with the Leiv Eiriksson Ultra Deepwater Semisubmersible rig at 22.45 hrs on 31st January 2012.
This marks another deepwater milestone for AGR, and the spud of Borders & Southern’s first ever well.
The well, located about 140 kilometres south of the Falkland Islands, is intended to test the Darwin East target with operations expected to take around 45 days. Darwin is the first of two prospects identified by Borders & Southern for drilling in the basin with the second, Stebbing, to follow. These wells will be followed by two further deep water wells in the same basin for a second AGR client, Falklands Oil & Gas Ltd.
The Leiv Eiriksson arrived on location in the Falklands only 10 days prior to spud date and as part of this AGR have also performed the largest ever crew change into the Falkland Islands (168 people) smoothly and without incident – this is an outstanding performance from AGR’s logistics partners in the Falklands and further afield. AGR’s service companies have met the challenges of providing equipment and personnel for a challenging campaign to a remote location with no late supply delays.
AGR Engineering Manager, Simon Lucas said, “The combined AGR, rig owners (Ocean Rig), Borders & Southern and AGR Service Company team has performed well to deliver a spud within 10 days of rig arrival. The Ocean Rig team has successfully met some significant equipment challenges and delivered an outstanding transit speed over a long voyage by the rig from its previous operations in Greenland. Well done to all personnel involved with planning and executing this operation over the last 12 months, thank you everyone for your efforts, and I look forward to continued safe and efficient operations”.
AGR have been present in the Falkland Islands since November 2009 initially to drill four wells on behalf of client, Desire Petroleum with the Ocean Guardian semisubmersible. The campaign saw more clients sign-up with AGR to drill in the area and after 15 wells, including the discovery of economically viable hydrocarbons, the Ocean Guardian left the Falkland Islands last month.
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