Drilling operations begin on West Don field

Offshore construction and drilling operations have begun on the West Don and Don Southwest fields, according to Petrofac.

Offshore staff

LONDON -- Offshore construction and drilling operations have begun on the West Don and Don Southwest fields, according to Petrofac.

TheTransocean John Shaw semisubmersible began drilling the first well on the West Don field, located in blocks 211/13b and 211/18a, on Aug. 22. The vessel will drill three wells in sequence on West Don prior to moving across to Don Southwest early in 2009.

In addition to drilling, the major multi-phase subsea construction program, with a reel lay vessel completing the lay of the infield pipelines and the first phase of the export infrastructure, has begun. Trenching of the pipelines has also been completed. The installation of the subsea structures and diving tie-ins is scheduled to start at the end of August.

08/26/2008

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