Statoil re-engages AGR for Norwegian rig support

Statoil has awarded AGR Drilling Services a two-year, NOK66-million ($12 million) contract to provide its Riserless Mud Recovery (RMR) system for rigs on the Norwegian continental shelf.

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STRAUME, Norway -- Statoil has awarded AGR Drilling Services a two-year, NOK66-million ($12 million) contract to provide its Riserless Mud Recovery (RMR) system for rigs on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The contract includes two optional extension periods of two years each, which would raise the total estimated value to $38 million.

AGR has performed 33 RMR well installations for Statoil since 2004. The technology allows engineered mud to be used in the tophole section of a well, with all mud and cuttings returned to the rig with zero discharge. This means that the tophole can be drilled more safely, quickly and with far less impact on the environment. AGR claims.

The latest contract with Statoil includes continuation of Cutting Transportation System (CTS) operations on two rigs, with provision for AGR to be optional CTS supplier on other rigs. Statoil has deployed CTS, which takes cuttings up to 2 km (1.2 mi) away from the well area, on 209 wells since 1998.

05/10/2011

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