BP signs Ensco jackups for Bintuni Bay

BP Plc. and partners have signed on two Ensco International Inc. jackup rigs for development drilling in the Berau, Wiriagar and Muturi blocks off Indonesia's Papua Province for the Tangguh LNG project.

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- BP Plc. and partners have signed on two Ensco International Inc. jackup rigs for development drilling in the Berau, Wiriagar and Muturi blocks off Indonesia's Papua Province for the Tangguh LNG project.

Fifteen wells have been planned for the newbuildEnsco 108 and Ensco 104. The first of these wells is scheduled to be spudded by the end of April 2007, says Russell J. Hunzeker, the Tangguh drilling and completion manager of BP Berau Ltd., which is leading the development of the 14.4 tcf of reserves in Bintuni Bay.

The two rigs, designed to BP's specifications for the field, also will carry out exploration and appraisal drilling in the three blocks, Hunzeker said at the christening ofEnsco 108 in Singapore on March 24.

3/28/2007

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