Norway’s drilling contractor Norshore has informed that its multi-purpose drilling vessel Norshore Atlantic, operating for Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd. on the Malikai field in Malaysia since September 8, 2014, has completed the installation of conductors.
Norshore won a drilling contract for Shell’s Malikai field in May 2014. The scope of work is drilling of top-holes. The first part of the work at Malikai has been to install conductors, i.e. the top section of the wells. All 24 conductors have been installed by the end December and, in addition, 5 of the intermediate sections were completed.
Norshore says that Shell plans to complete a total of 7 intermediate sections under this contract. The intermediate sections are 17-1/2” hole diameter, drilling depth typically 3500-3700 feet and hole deviation from vertical as much as 45-50 degrees.
“We expect that the scope of work under the Malikai contract will be completed during the first half of January 2015,” the company said in the press release.
According to Norshore, the HSE performance and progress of the work during December has been good and Norshore Atlantic has been performing well technically. The economic uptime of the vessel for the month of December was 94%.
Norshore says the company is still in discussions with several oil companies as well as participating in ongoing tenders for work starting after Atlantic has completed the contract for Shell.