Energy Drilling Management Pte Ltd (EDMPL) has entered into a Management Agreement with Seadrill Partners LLC (SDLP) to maintain, market and operate the tender rigs Seadrill-T15, Seadrill-T16 and West Vencedor, on their behalf, effective 3rd February 2021.
After the transaction, EDMPL will effectively market and eventually operate a fleet of six tender rigs comprising of four barge-type and two semi-submersible type tender rigs.
The rigs are preserved in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and plans are in place to transition the rigs from Seadrill Management to Energy Drilling Management. The rigs will be actively marketed by EDMPL to Operators in the region and West Africa who are familiar with the deployment of tender rigs for development drilling on fixed platforms in shallow waters and Spars and TLPs in deep-waters.
“We are delighted that SDLP has chosen to entrust their assets to be managed by EDMPL after an extensive worldwide search amongst drilling contractors. This clearly demonstrate the value proposition offered by Energy Drilling in a competitive market. This transaction will help consolidate the tender rig sector as we enter into a market that is showing early signs of recovery.”, said Marcus Chew, CEO of Energy Drilling.
“We are impressed by the knowledge and professionalism shown by the Edrill team throughout the selection process. Their effective cost structure and their unique focus on the tender rigs segment of the drilling market will translate to the best chances of helping these assets to get back to work.”, said John Roche, CEO of Seadrill Partners.
For further enquiries please contact Luc Plouzennec, VP Operations & Marketing of Energy Drilling.
Note:- The management agreement is solely for the three tender rigs belonging to SDLP and not the other rigs that are owned by SDLP.
Nothing comes easy during the COVID pandemic, least of all trying to activate a rig from one country to another, across international borders. The challenges are multi-folds; ranging from yard preparation in Singapore to towing the rig into the Arthit Field.
The travel restrictions imposed by nations meant that no crew were allowed into Singapore to help prepare the rig for mobilisation as was usually the case. The resourcefulness of the project team and willingness of the limited crew of 10 men to multi-task allowed for the timely departure of EDrill-1 on the 22nd of June as planned.
Meanwhile, the first set of crew entered into a 7-day quarantine organised by the client, PTTEP, in Songkhla on the 20th June in order to be ready to meet the rig offshore on the 27th June as envisaged. All these were organised with military precision. The first test chopper landed in the early hours of the 27th and over the day, the entire crew were mobilised via a mix of chopper flights and crew boat.
Smiling faces on the rig were everywhere as everyone was happy to meet old colleagues again and get back to work. It was a joyful reunion unlike previous start-ups due in part to the difficulties encountered by everyone because of the ongoing pandemic. It feels good to know your buddies are safe and the rig is ready to drill again.
The EDrill-1 has completed the rig up and all acceptance testing on the 8th of July. It is drilling ahead and ready to serve PTTEP again well into 2024.
We wish her and the entire crew the very best.
Keep the flag flying high guys!!!!!
A new chapter for the EDrill-1
The magnificent 10 men riding crew
Cleanliness is godliness, especially during the COVID pandemic
Alex Maroske, QHSE Manager, putting to good use his training as a HLO as part of the multi-tasking
Rig manager, Dave Sandall, having a pre-job safety meeting
Smiling faces going for a joy ride
When the EDrill-1 completed its maiden 5 year contract with PTTEP in December 2019 and sailed to Singapore to be warm stacked and prepared for the current 4 years contract again for PTTEP, nobody would have thought of how the world would have changed during this period.
The original plan of having two teams of mechanical and electrical supervisors working on a 28/28 rotation in the yard in Singapore quickly became unworkable due to the travel restrictions imposed by nations.
How do you feel about working in Singapore for an extended period, given the circumstances of the pandemic with all the restrictions and being unable to go home?
There were so many challenges and changes from one day to the other. We didn’t know when we were going to work, which days of the week we could, who could, & who couldn’t.
On Good Friday, EDrill-2 completed the heavy lifts for erecting the DES at the Kerisi platform in the Natunas Seas for her contract with Medco Energi. She mobilised from Singapore on 25th March 2020, for the 2+3 wells contract over 4 platforms which is estimated to last till the end of the year.
The team under the leadership of Rig Manager, Graeme Bain, and OIM, Gary Bunn, did a praiseworthy job of motivating the crew in getting the heavy lifting done safely in challenging conditions due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am very grateful and proud of the crew for getting the job done under these stressful conditions. These are no ordinary days, every aspect from crew change to logistics poses serious challenges and I can’t thank the team enough for their dedication and determination to get the job done safely. We are also thankful for the co-operation and understanding from Medco in this difficult period.”, said Marcus Chew, the CEO of Energy Drilling.
October 2014 was the last time we saw both the EDrill-1 and EDrill-2 alongside each other at COSCO Guangzhou yard. Fast track 5 years later in the last quarter of 2019, we welcome them at POE Marine yard in Singapore. Both rigs with their crew led by rig managers, Dave Sandall and Graeme Bain, faced challenges at start but with resolve, dedication and support, have achieved many firsts and commendable milestones that we can all be proud of.
During their short stay in Singapore, both rigs undergo planned preventive maintenance and re-certification in preparation for their new contracts in 2020. EDrill-1 will start on a new 4 year contract with PTTEP in Thailand and EDrill-2 will start on a new contract with Medco Energi in the Natuna Seas, Indonesia, with a startup date in March 2020.