Ekha ready by September this year

Vol 10, PW 5 (29 Jun 06) News in Brief

ONGC is unlikely to start using the Seadrill-5 (previously known as Ekha) jack-up before May 2007.

Her earlier schedule was to begin a three-year campaign for ONGC in the Mumbai Offshore in November this year. Seadrill-5 is still under repair at the Keppel FELS dockyard in Singapore after she suffered a punch through in January 2006 while jacking up to drill her first well for GAIL-Gazprom at block NEC-OSN-97/1 offshore West Bengal.

The damage was very heavy, says a source. Latest information is that the rig will be ready by mid-September.

Before starting work with ONGC, Seadrill-5 was scheduled to drill two wells for Gazprom at NEC-OSN-97/1 but this contract is now under litigation. Rig owner Seadrill is using the repair opportunity to upgrade the rig.

The rig is not that old, reveals a source. It was built in 1984 which makes it younger than most of the rigs working offshore India.

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