Stena lands wild drilling contract off Canada in 2022


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Stena Drilling has landed a historic drilling contract to dig a wild hole for ExxonMobil off the coast of Canada.

The Aberdeen-based drilling company said the U.S. supermajor had chartered the Stena Forth drilling vessel for a probe to be drilled in the second half of next year in waters off Newfoundland and Labrador. .

ExxonMobil did not name the well, but it is believed to be Hampden K-46 which is located on exploration license 1165A in the promising Flemish Pass basin.

Qatar Petroleum invested in the block last month.

Upstream previously indicated that the supermajor wanted to dig the well between May and August 2022 to a water depth of 1,175 meters.

Hampden is described as a Cretaceous sandstone prospect and lies approximately 50 kilometers east of ExxonMobil’s North Dana gas discovery from 1986.

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In May 2020, the Seadrill West Aquarius semi-submersible rig began drilling the Hampden probe, but after only a week the rig was removed from the location for reasons that are unclear.

The Stena Forth will mobilize from the Eastern Mediterranean to Canada after an agreement has been reached to host this well for ExxonMobil as part of the drillship’s backlog, Stena said.

ExxonMobil Canada confirmed the attribution on its Twitter page, adding that the operator is in the planning stages of the exploration program.

Once the probe is complete, the platform is scheduled to return to the eastern Mediterranean.

Stena Forth is currently in the middle of a four-well decommissioning campaign off Israel for Chevron, with the US giant having the option of extending the contract to plug and abandon three more probes, to complete one more well. and possibly to drill an exploration well. off Cyprus.

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