Drilling/Production news briefs, Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2001
Pluspetrol ... Parker Drilling ... Rolls-Royce ... Ocean Rig ... Conoco (UK) ... Kellogg Brown & Root

Argentina's Pluspetrol, operator for the Camisea natural gas fields, awarded a 1-year, 4-well contract to Parker Drilling Co. The first well is scheduled for April in San Martin field.

The UK North Sea oil and gas sector could provide jobs for many of the 5,000 highly skilled engineering workers now facing job losses at Rolls-Royce PLC, UK Energy Minister Brian Wilson has said. Wilson said, "There is currently an upturn in the UK oil and gas sector. This is resulting in skill shortages in some key technical areas across the country. Skills like those of the Rolls-Royce work force will be in high demand in this sector."

Ocean Rig ASA said the Eirik Raude rig, which is being completed at the Halifax shipyard in Nova Scotia, should be ready to begin operations in the second quarter 2002.

Conoco (UK) Ltd. awarded Halliburton Co. unit Kellogg Brown & Root a $45 million contract to provide brownfield modifications to the Murdoch complex on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf. The 2-year contract covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning works related to the installation of two new risers and associated equipment. This will enable gas processing to be undertaken from the five new Caister-Murdoch System fields -- Hawksley, McAdam, Murdoch K, Boulton H, and Watt (OGJ Online, June 25, 2001).