BP orders arctic-capable rig from Parker Drilling

BP has awarded Parker Drilling a contract to construct, deliver, and commission a land-based rig to drill ultra extended-reach wells for offshore targets in the Liberty field of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- BP has awarded Parker Drilling a contract to construct, deliver, and commission a land-based rig to drill ultra extended-reach wells for offshore targets in the Liberty field of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea.

Drilling will occur from an existing satellite pad that is part of BP's Endicott oil field. The rig will be owned by BP, and drilling is anticipated to start in 2010.

Although the Liberty field is nearly six miles offshore, the rig's ultra extended-reach drilling capability will enable development of the field with the least environmental impact, as the wells will produce directly into existing facilities without the need for an offshore platform, artificial drilling island, or subsea pipeline, the company says.

07/14/2008

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