Drilling/Production news briefs, Nov. 16

Norsk Hydro � Smedvig � Chevron Offshore (Thailand) � BJ Tubular Services � Noble Drilling � Triton Energy


Norsk Hydro ASA has awarded Smedvig ASA a 2-year, $110 million contract for use of Smedvig's West Delta semisubmersible drilling rig. It also awarded Smedvig a 19-month continuation of an existing contract for use of the West Vanguard rig, setting the contract's end at the end of December 2002. The contract is worth $70 million.

Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Ltd. awarded a contract in September to BJ Tubular Services, a Scotland-based unit of BJ Services Co., to provide well services, casing and tubing running at Chevron's Tantawan, Benchamas, and other Gulf of Thailand fields. BJ Tubular Services also will build and test bottom hole assemblies at its new facility in Sattahip, south of Bangkok. BJ Tubular Services begun operations on behalf of Chevron in October, with all related services being delivered by BJ Tubular Services divisions based in Sattahip and Singapore.

Noble Drilling Corp. has acquired the 30% interest in the Ilion semisubmersible rig that it did not already own. It paid $12.8 million for the interest. Noble Drilling recently awarded Friede Goldman Halter Inc. a contract to upgrade the Ilion's hull (OGJ Online, Nov. 3, 2000).

Triton Energy Ltd. said the Sendje Berge floating production, storage, and offloading vessel arrived on the Ceiba field off Equatorial Guinea. The FPSO will produce 52,000 b/d of oil from the field. The Sedco 700 semisubmersible rig is completing Ceiba-1, the last of four wells that will begin to produce oil to the Sendje Berge.

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