STRAUME, Norway-- BP has contracted AGR Group for its first jackup riserless mud recovery (RMR) technology, on the jackup rig Constellation II in Egypt. The company says that previously the RMR, which is designed to recirculate and reuse the drilling fluids has been exclusively used on semisub rigs.
"This is a significant, breakthrough agreement for the AGR Group," says Sverre Skogen, CEO, AGR Group. "This contract with BP and its joint venture partner on a jackup expands the potential market for the RMR considerably, when taking into account the addition of the jackup rig market to our established presence on semi-submersibles."
"The tophole that the RMR will be used on is at 19 m (62 ft) depth at the Rahamat field outside Alexandria," says Jermund Kleppe of AGR Group and project leader on the Egypt well. "The RMR was selected to balance operational pressure in the well enabling drilling with heavier mud, while offering a virtually zero discharge solution. In the absence of the RMR, drilling of the well would have been considerably more expensive."