LONDON, Sept. 25 -- AGR Group will drill 9 wells for various clients in the UK North Sea under contracts valued at $202.2 million.
AGR will use the Sedco 704 semisubmersible for an 8-well multiclient program, including operators Serica Energy PLC, Dana Petroleum PLC, Fairfield Energy Ltd., Century Exploration Ltd., and OMV AG. These wells will take a year to complete. Sterling Resources has contracted its Ensco 85 rig for a single well on Block 42/13 in the UK southern North Sea (OGJ Online, Sept. 24, 2007).
Sedco 704 will soon spud its first well following major upgrades to its drilling equipment and accommodation modules. The rig can operate in harsh environments and in as much as 1,200 ft of water, using an 18¾-in., 15,000 psi blow-out preventer and a 21-in. OD marine drilling riser.
With the arrival of the Sedco 704 and Ensco 85 jack ups, AGR is now operating four drilling units on the UK continental shelf.
This year AGR plans to drill more than 55 wells in northwestern Europe, North Africa, West Africa, Middle East, the US, and Asia-Pacific.
Rigs under management this year include Stena Clyde, Wilcraft, Sedco 704, Bredford Dolphin, Byford Dolphin, Transocean Prospect, Maersk Giant, Ensco 80, Ensco 85, Ensco 92, Ensco 100, Ocean Spur, and Noble George Sauvagneau.
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