ONGC sets offshore drilling rig move record

June 17, 2019

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. (ONGC) has moved a record high 35 offshore drilling rigs to new locations ahead of the Indian monsoon season.

Aqualis Offshore assisted with most of the rig moves, with the company’s team of mariners and structural and geotechnical engineers working in cooperation with ONGC’s rig move cell.

Each of the 35 rigs were placed at their respective monsoon locations before the onset of the seasonal adverse weather conditions. Twenty-two rigs were moved on to or from wellhead platforms and 13 rigs to open locations. The combined total distance traveled for all rigs was 2,535 nautical miles.

ONGC’s underwriters and their appointed consultants were Aqualis Offshore’s clients for this rig moving campaign. Under this agreement, Aqualis Offshore provides marine warranty services to ONGC’s fleet of jackups and mobile offshore production units in Indian waters.

Rodger Dickson, group marine director at Aqualis Offshore, said: “Moving 35 rigs in such a short time frame to new locations before the onset of the south west monsoon is quite an achievement and this sets a new ONGC record in terms of number of rigs moved and distance traveled.”