Noble Jim Day Semisub Cold Stacked
The Noble Jim Day semisubmersible (left) arrived at Harbor Island in Port Aransas, Texas, on 29 July to be cold stacked. The drilling rig is a Trosvik Bingo 9000 design built in 1999 and upgraded in 2010 with a rated water depth of 12,000 ft and a rated drilling depth of 37,000 ft.
The Seadrill’s West Sirius drilling rig (right) was mothballed at Harbor Island late last year. Built in 2008, the ultradeepwater rig is a Freide & Goldman ExD Millennium design rated for 10,000-ft water depth and 37,500-ft drilling depth. The semisub drilling completed its de-manning and thruster removal in preparation for cold stacking during the third quarter last year. Seadrill expected the annual cost to cold stack the rig to be approximately USD 3.5 million.
Both rigs operated in the US Gulf of Mexico. The last contract with Noble Jim Day was with Shell before it was set for cold stacking. BP terminated its contract for West Sirius last March.
ExxonMobil Eyes Sale of Malaysian Offshore Assets
A month after it got out of Norway, Bloomberg reports that the company is working with advisers on a potential Malaysian sale, which could raise as much as $3 billion. ExxonMobil plans to divest around $15 billion in nonstrategic assets by 2021.
Qatar Petroleum Takes Over Pair of Offshore Fields from Oxy
As Oxy looks to divest billions in assets and focus more on its prime US shale fields, it sheds itself of the ISND and ISSD fields off the eastern coast of Doha. In announcing the lease loss last year, Oxy said the fields need significant infrastructural investment.
Production Starts From Johan Sverdrup
Phase 1 of the North Sea megaproject—Norway’s largest offshore development since the 1980s—has come on stream. Johan Sverdrup is expected to produce 660,000 BOPD at its peak.
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