Statioil has spudded the first well in phases six-eight of Iran's South Pars gas development in the Persian Gulf.
PT Apexindo Pratama Duta's rigRani Woro arrived on location on Jan 25 and spudded the well the following day. The rig was chartered to Statoil in 2003 for up to three years.
Each of the 30 production wells in this drilling program will be drilled to 4,000 m.
Iran's Pars Oil & Gas Co., which is in charge of the whole South Pars development, has a five-year contract with Japan Drilling Co. covering the charter for the rigSagadrill 2, which is being chartered to Statoil for up to three years. The Sagadrill 2 is scheduled to spud its first well as soon as jacket number two has been installed.
The first of three jackets for the wellhead platforms was installed early in January. The jacket, weighing 1,500 metric tons, was deployed in a depth of 65 m. The job of attaching the jacket to the seabed with four 180-m piles began about two weeks later. The other two jackets are being completed.
The first of the three wellhead platforms is to be ready for production in early 2005.
South Pars ranks as the world's largest offshore gas field and extends from the Iranian sector of the gulf into Qatari waters, where it is known as the North field.