Rochelle drilling suspended for subsea hookup

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – The Diamond Ocean Nomad has completed drilling of the first of two planned development wells on the Rochelle field in the UK North Sea to final casing point.

According to Rochelle operator Endeavour International, the rig has since moved off location to allow for hookup of the pipelines and flowlines to the subsea manifolds.

The Transocean Prospect will handle final drilling and completion of the first development well, after its scheduled arrival in December.

Due to the change in the timing of completion of the first well, first production from Rochelle, a tieback to Nexen’s Scott platform, is now expected in January.

The Rochelle subsea infrastructure installation has been substantially completed.


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