Shell Alaska readies ice-class drilling units for Beaufort Sea

10/01/2007
Shell Offshore Inc. recently renovated and upgraded two arctic-class mobile drilling units to evaluate some of its Beaufort Sea leases.Now Shell is leading the way back to the North American Arctic. Although it’s an expensive place to work, higher prices justify the reentry, the company told OGJ in a series of exclusive interviews.Shell was able to utilize vessels of the design originally used for the Canadian Arctic by Dome Petroleum in the 1970s. Dome’s subsidiary CanMar built three drillships and the SDC drilling barge. Gulf Canada Resources subsequently built the Kulluk conical drilling platform in 1982, the Molikpaq, and four support vessels for arctic work. In 1989-1991,...
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