Noble pilots management system on Maersk vessel drilling Wei-1 offshore Guyana

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Noble said it has kicked off the implementation of its management system on the Discoverer rig which is currently drilling CGX’s Wei-1 well offshore Guyana. Discoverer is the first Maersk vessel to test the Noble management system following the merger last year. Noble said this test is one of the most important scopes, given that it will have to fully integrate 18 Maersk rigs.

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“The management system is key to keeping all rigs operating and a central part of a rig’s Safety Case,” Noble said in a LinkedIn post. It explained that a detailed plan was developed for the pilot launch of the integrated system, called P2R.

Barry Quin, Global Program, Director, P2R, said “The management system is everything in our organisation as to how we operate, how we manage our business. So everything from our philosophy and strategy to the execution of tasks and everything in between. You cannot run a business without a management system. We understand the importance of the management system and at the right level, it’s about execution. 

In a LinkedIn clip, workers aboard the Noble Discoverer described the transition as “pretty large” but said the new system is simple and that they are working to get it right. They related receiving a lot of support, including from safety coaches and technical authorities.

Rig Manager on the Noble Discoverer, Andrew Muir, said “I think it’s gone well so far and hopefully the next couple of months we’re looking to just switch off the old management system and just start running with a new one.”

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The Noble Discoverer recently had to pause drilling operations at the Wei-1 well in the Corentyne Block, after a wireline fluid sampling tool became stuck in the well and was not recovered. CGX said it would resume drilling an open hole sidetrack from below the last casing point and will progress to a depth of 20,500 feet. 

Early results indicate the presence of medium-sweet oil, but the company did not pronounce on its commerciality. Drilling is expected to conclude around the end of the second quarter. 

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