HOUSTON – ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) has contracted the Transocean Deepwater Frontier for work offshore Australia on the Jansz-Io drilling project at the Gorgon LNG project. The first phase of drilling consists of 10 wells.
The rig underwent upgrades and inspection that included complete refurbishment and full recertification of the BOP and BOP controls. Other operational integrity and regulatory compliance work was done in areas including fire protection and power supply.
Drilling at Jansz-Io is expected to take around two years and will use ExxonMobil technology related to well design and the application of specialized techniques to allow enhanced production. The 10 Jansz-Io wells will be drilled to a total measured depth of between 3,500 and 4,500 m (11,483 and 14,764 ft) in water depths of 1,350 m (4,429 ft).
Gorgon is operated by Chevron and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (about 47%), ExxonMobil (25%), Shell (25%), Osaka Gas (1.25%), Tokyo Gas (1%), and Chubu Electric Power (0.417%).