Energy Driller ready after Pipavav repairs

Vol 16, PW 13 (24 Jan 13) News in Brief

Northern Offshore-owned semi-submersible Energy Driller is set to reach her next drilling location for ONGC in the Mumbai High within the next few days.

Gujarat-based Pipavav Shipyard on January 22 finished repairing the damaged rig, replacing some steel plates below the hull, which had developed a crack on the pontoon side. Energy Driller was damaged while drilling her first well for ONGC in the western offshore.

She was moved out on December 30 last year to dry dock at Pipavav Shipyard after completing her first well. “The crack was taking in water so it was decided to immediately move the rig out,” reports a source.

Energy Driller is on a three-year ONGC contract at around $206,000/day, including service tax. Built in 1977 and upgraded in 1992, 1997, 2007 and 2012, she was mobilised to the western offshore last April.

Last year, the rig was forced to sit idle for 20 days, while drilling her first well, as a malfunctioning motion compensator needed repairs.