Greenland: Cairn spuds on two offshore blocks

By OGJ editors
– Cairn Energy PLC’s Capricorn Oil Ltd. unit has spud exploratory wells on two blocks off West Greenland.

They are the AT-7 well in the Atammik block in 905 m of water 160 km off Nuuk and the LF-7 well in the Lady Franklin in 989 m of water block 300 km off Nuuk (see map, OGJ, Aug. 24, 2009, p. 38). The Leiv Eiriksson fifth generation semisubmersible and the Ocean Rig Corcovado sixth generation drillship are handling the drilling.

Supporting the two dynamically positioned rigs are four helicopters, six ice management vessels, two emergency response standby vessels, three supply vessels, one multirole vessel, one freighter, and two wareships for accommodating crews if necessary, Cairn said.

Cairn, with an operating office in Nuuk, has drilled three of the total nine exploration wells drilled off Greenland. Previously five wells were drilled in the 1970s and one in 2000.

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