Songa Venus BOP troubles push back Australian drilling gig

Source: Songa Offshore

Songa Offshore reported that the Songa Venus semisubmersible drilling rig is experiencing problems with its blowout preventer (BOP).

The Songa Venus has during May undergone BOP repairs while on location in Australia.

Newly installed BOP components failed during operations May 1, and several unsuccessful attempts to rectify the problems have been carried out during the month. The failing BOP component is currently undergoing repairs in Singapore.

It is anticipated that the BOP is fully repaired and reinstated to specifications by mid June. The rig will then continue its work on the first out of 3 firm wells for Shell Development (Australia).

The Songa Venus semisub is a F&G L-9000 drilling facility rated for waters measuring up to 1,500 feet deep. The BOP is an 18-3/4” 10,000 psi stack.

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