Stena rig gunning for oil offshore Suriname to adopt Managed Pressure Drilling system

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Since the advent of Ultra Deepwater Drilling units, with water depths in excess of 7,500ft, the risks and hazards of operating in such environments have provided new challenges to operate safely and efficiently. With advances in technology, the exploration of areas previously unknown and ‘un-drillable’ can now be realised.

Stena Drilling confirmed this week that a 4th Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) system has now been ordered for the Stena Forth with delivery expected in Q3/4 2021. The purchase of this additional managed pressure drilling system means that the Stena Forth will join the Stena Carron, Stena Drillmax and Stena icemax as being MPD operational.

“Purchase and install of this additional system means that 100% of Stena Drilling’s drillship fleet will be fully MPD capable, and further demonstrates the Stena Drilling’s commitment to this innovative and exciting technology,” the company said. “With ten MPD wells drilled since 2016 and a further ten planned for this year alone, Stena Drilling is fast becoming the MPD Drilling Contractor of choice for many of our valued clients.”

The Stena Forth recently started drilling the Goliathberg Voltzberg North-1 (GVN-1) exploration well for Tullow Oil in Suriname’s Block 47, targeting over 230 million barrels of oil.

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