BOP leak delays Songa rig delivery

Offshore staff

LIMASSOL, Cyprus – Total must wait a while longer for the drilling rig Songa Eclipse to start a program off Angola.

The rig has been undergoing contractual acceptance testing and found that a leaking component in the BOP needs to be repaired, a process expected to take two to three weeks, according to contractor Songa Offshore.

Thereafter, the final stage in the acceptance testing should resume, allowing the rig to start its one well plus 18-month contract for Total.

Another Songa rig, Songa Dee, is at a yard outside Bergen, Norway, for three to four weeks undergoing upgrades requested by Statoil, prior to continuing a five-year contract on the Gullfaks field in the North Sea.

3/9/2012

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