Deepwater Frontier reaches D-6 ahead of time

Vol 10, PW 7 (27 Jul 06) News in Brief

Transocean deepwater drillship Deepwater Frontier has arrived ahead of schedule to drill at Reliances discovery block KG-DWN-98/3.

The rig was to arrive on 26th July but it docked at Kakinada early morning on 24th July. Customs clearance and loading of crew and equipment from service providers Schlumberger, BJ Services and others is underway.

Earlier plans for customs clearance at the drilling location have been dropped. Deepwater Frontiers last port of call was Richards Bay at Durban in South Africa where she loaded a ROV and personnel from Oceaneering as well as equipment and personnel from Halliburton.

Reliance has hired Deepwater Frontier for two firm years and three optional years. She is one of the most modern rigs in Transoceans fleet and can drill in water depths of up to 3000 metres.

Two more Transocean rigs will be at D-6 next year: Deepwater Expedition and Discoverer 534. Reliance wants to land first gas from D-6 by June 2008.

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