LIMASSOL, Cyprus -- Songa Offshore’s drilling rig Songa Venus is off duty due to ongoing repairs to its BOP.
The rig was offshore Australia for Shell early last month when newly installed BOP components failed during operations. Following several unsuccessful attempts to rectify the problems in the field, the failing BOP component is currently undergoing repairs in Singapore.
Songa Offshore expects the BOP to be restored to full working order by mid-June, after which it should continue work on the first of three firm wells for Shell Development (Australia).
Among the contractor’s other rigs, the Songa Mercur was towed mid-May from Singapore following a program of upgrades and modifications to Sakhalin Island, in readiness for a one- well assignment offshore Sakhalin for Gazflot-contract. Currently it is moored outside Pusan, Korea, awaiting tug vessel fuelling and a crew change prior to entering Russian territorial waters.
The Songa Saturn was demobilized to Malta on May 12 and is warm stacked, undergoing maintenance in preparation for future contracts. Elsewhere, the Songa Dee, Songa Delta and Songa Trym all continue at work for various operators offshore Norway.
TheSonga Eclipse is under construction at Jurong Shipyard, Singapore. Mating of the upper and lower hull sections was recently completed. Construction is ahead of schedule, with delivery estimated at end-April 2011. Songa Offshore continues to market this new rig.