Essar Wildcat begins journey to India

Vol 10, PW 23 (22 Mar 07) News in Brief

Semi-submersible Essar Wildcat last week began her journey to India to drill for GSPC at KG-OSN-2001/3.

Wildcat left Scotland on 11th March. Her first stop will be the Canary Islands for the first crew change.

From there she will move to Cape Town for two weeks and complete refurbishment of the top drive, crown compensator, mud pumps and other critical equipment. Essar will also fit the rig with an automatic pipe handling system, which is “standard in most modern rigs now.

â€‌ After Cape Town, Essar Wildcat’s final stop will be Indian waters where her Blow Out Preventor stack will be upgraded from 10,000-psi to 15,000-psi before she begins drilling for GSPC in late June. Essar Wildcat will be the first semi-submersible to drill for GSPC and will be deployed in the deeper waters of the 1850-sq km shallow water block.

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