Drilling/Production news briefs, Oct. 25

Enterprise Oil � Diamond Offshore Drilling � Construtora Norberto Odebrecht � Petrobras � Mærsk � Maritime Hydraulics � Hyundai � Santa Fe International � Coflexip Stena Offshore Norge � Statoil

Enterprise Oil PLC awarded Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. a 2-year, $55 million contract to use the Ocean Yorktown semisubmersible to drill the Bijupira-Salema fields in the Campos Basin off Brazil. The contract is subject to partner sanction and Brazilian National Petroleum Agency approval. The Yorktown will drill 16 wells. The rig is currently working on a 3-year contract for Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), but should begin the Bijupira-Salema contract by mid-year 2001, said Enterprise. Enterprise Oil operates the fields with 55%, Construtora Norberto Odebrecht SA holds 25%, and Petrobras, 20%.

Danish company Mærsk has awarded a contract to Kristiansand-based Maritime Hydraulics (MH), part of the Aker Maritime group, to design and produce a blowout preventer for a jack up drilling rig being built at the Hyundai Corp. yard in South Korea. The order includes options for further deliveries to Hyundai. Maritime Hydraulics said recent orders have totaled close to 200 million kroner, including a 110 million kroner order from Santa Fe International Corp., Dallas, Tex., for 10 offshore drilling derricks.

France's Coflexip Stena Offshore Group announced its Norwegian entity Coflexip Stena Offshore Norge AS has successfully completed a contract for Statoil to enhance oil production from the Heidrun field off Norway. The specialist light well intervention vessel CSO Seawell was used to reenter two active subsea water injection wells in the south and west sectors of the field, and to increase their effectiveness by perforating new injection paths into the reservoir. One of the wells re-entered at Heidrun was located in 340 m water depth, 150 m greater than the previous record for such intervention techniques. The well, which measured 5,657 m deep, was the longest and most deviated well ever re-entered by CSO Seawell using tools deployed on wire.

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