Noble Kenneth Delaney

Vol 14, PW 7 (23 Sep 10) News in Brief

Noble Drilling-owned jack-up Noble Kenneth Delaney should reach India this month.

Delhi-based agent Discovery Drilling secured a three-year contract for this rig from ONGC at an operating day rate of $64,910 in April, despite cut-throat competition from several drillers. PETROWATCH learns Discovery wants to bring the rig to India “well before” ONGC’s October 12 mobilisation deadline, we hear.

“The rig is at a shipyard in the United Arab Emirates (Sharjah shipyard),” we hear. “It will begin its journey any day and reach Indian waters well in time for the contract,” reports a source.

Noble Kenneth Delaney is a Friede & Goldman design ‘independent leg’ type ‘cantilever’ jack-up that can work in 300-ft water depths and drill up to 6000 metres sub-surface. ONGC is expected to deploy the jack-up at its Mumbai High oil and gasfields.

Noble has two other jack-ups working offshore India - Noble Charlie Yester and Noble Ed Holt - both with ONGC at Mumbai High.