OSLO, Norway — ABL has helped ONGC transfer 36 offshore drilling rigs to new locations ahead of India’s monsoon season.
The company was tow master and marine warranty service (MWS) provider on the rig moves, all conducted by a team of mariners supported by structural and geotechnical engineers, in cooperation with ONGC’s in-house rig move cell.
Each of the rigs were placed at their respective monsoon locations before the seasonal conditions arrive, with a total distance travelled of 3,680 nautical miles.
ABL acted for ONGC’s underwriters and their appointed consultants for the duration of the rig moving campaign and provided MWS to the company’s fleet of jackups and mobile offshore production units in Indian waters.
“Rig moves in the Indian offshore areas, even during normal weather conditions, pose huge challenges to both the tow master and MWS services that must manage environmental, tidal, bathymetric and soil challenges," said Captain Stephen Craig – Middle East and India operations manager and ABL’s Jack-up Rig Steering Group leader.
In total, ABL has supported more than 100 rig moves offshore from the period September 2022 to June 2023.