ABERDEEN, UK -- The newbuild drillship Stena Carron has spudded the Rosebank North/Lochnagar North exploration well (213/27-3), according to Chevron.
The well is located 135 km (84 mi) offshore from the UK coastline and 6 km (3.7 mi) from the 2004 Rosebank discovery well (213/27-1) in UK license P1026. It was spudded in approximately 3,800 ft (1,158 m) of water and will be drilled to a proposed total depth of 12,565 ft (3,830 m) TVDSS.
This is the first well to be drilled using the vessel, which recently entered UK waters following its construction at Samsung's Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Chevron Upstream Europe plans to use the drillship to support its exploration, appraisal, and development drilling programs West of Shetland, the North Sea, and the Faroe Islands.
"This latest-generation drillship is able to operate in harsh environments such as West of Shetland, the Norwegian, and Barents Sea," says Rick Cohagan, MD of Chevron Upstream Europe. "Its drilling package is highly novel in layout. The vessel is equipped with two rotary tables using a dual hoisting tower set up -- a conventional derrick or drawworks are not required as all lifting operations are accomplished with hydraulic cylinders."
The 213/27-3 well will be the first of a three well exploration and appraisal program within the Greater Rosebank Area using the Carron and its results are expected in 1Q 2009.