Ghana: Aker Energy awards drilling contracts to three companies

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Aker Energy has entered into contracts with three firms, on behalf of the licence partners and Operator of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block offshore Ghana, for drilling the Pecan-4A appraisal well due to spud in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The contracts were formally awarded to Maersk Drilling, PMD Viking Ghana Limited, Halliburton Ghana Limited and Exceed Well Management Ghana Limited at a signing ceremony in Accra, attended by representatives from its main office in Oslo on videolink.

Drilling in ultra-deepwater

“We are pleased to achieve this key milestone that will enable us to commence drilling of the important Pecan-4A appraisal well. The main objective of the well is to test the extension of the Pecan Field. This will provide valuable and important input in optimising the Plan of Development for the field, and in understanding the wider potential of the block,” Aker Energy’s CEO, Jan Arve Haugan said.

The drilling contract with Maersk Drilling is for one firm well, Pecan-4A, and two optional wells. The deepwater drillship Maersk Viking will perform the drilling in a water depth of 2,674 metres. The drillship, built in 2014 with state-of-the-art facilities and systems, is currently in the Gulf of Mexico and will imminently set sail from the US to Ghana for operations to commence in Q4 2018.

“Maersk Drilling is very pleased to support Aker Energy and the licence partners, building upon our operational track-record in Ghana and our strong relationship with the Aker Group. The contract for Maersk Viking marks our third rig operating in Ghana. We have a strong commitment to local job creation and competency development, and our joint venture with Prime Meridian Docks and PMD Viking Ghana will be providing local services in connection with the operation,” said Morten Kelstrup, CCIO of Maersk Drilling.

Service contracts

Aker Energy also entered into other contracts relating to the drilling campaign. These contracts include an agreement with Halliburton Ghana Limited for provision of drilling support and well services to Aker Energy.

In addition, a contract for well design and management was agreed with Exceed Well Management Ghana Limited.

The globally renowned oil and gas suppliers have teamed-up with indigenous Ghanaian partners, in accordance with regulations and with a clear ambition to develop local industrial capacity.

Shannon Slocum, Senior Vice-President of Eurasia, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa for Halliburton said: “We look forward to working on this project and the opportunity to collaborate with Aker Energy and Maersk to engineer solutions for development of the Pecan Field.”

“We have a long history in Ghana and have invested in establishing a new local joint venture, Exceed Well Management Ghana. We look forward to supporting Aker Energy and their partners and believe there is significant potential to develop local capability to exploit new deepwater fields offshore Ghana,” said Mr. Ian Mills, Managing Director of Exceed.

Aker Energy is the operator of DWT/CTP block, with a 50% participating interest. Aker Energy’s partners are LUKOIL (38%), Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (10%) and Fueltrade (2%).

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