Essar Wildcat reaches India early July

Vol 11, PW 4 (28 Jun 07) News in Brief

Semi-submersible drilling rig Essar Wildcat is about to reach Indian waters to begin work at GSPC’s eastern offshore discovery block KG-OSN-2001/3, where it will join three other rigs.

PETROWATCH learns Wildcat is expected offshore eastern India on 6th July after its journey from Cape Town. When in Indian waters all of Wildcat’s engines will be thoroughly overhauled and a 15,000-psi stack Blow Out Preventor will be fitted on board ahead of the rig’s deployment to KG-OSN-2001/3 where it will join rigs Perro Negro 3, Atwood Beacon and Deep Driller-1.

"Wildcat’s BOP is under construction in Singapore," we hear. "There's no truth in rumours that it will take much longer than scheduled to begin drilling.

Everything has been overhauled from the crown compensator downwards. New tubulars and a lot of other equipment have been bought." Rig owner Essar Oilfield Services bought Wildcat for $220m and has spent $60m upgrading it.

Wildcat’s first drilling contract is with GSPC.