Another drillship has been added to Guyana’s offshore water which is contracted by ExxonMobil. The Noble Sam Croft arrived in Guyana last month and according to Public and Governance Affairs Officer of ExxonMobil Janelle Persaud, “It’s currently in a staging area in the Stabroek Block until around April 15. After which it will commence drilling operations in that same block.” Persaud made these comments to Guyana Daily News recently.
The Sam Croft was recently released from drilling operations in neighbouring Suriname where it tested deeper intervals at the Keskesi East-1 prospect located at Block 58. The Sam Croft has a gross tonnage of 50,940 and a deadweight of 41,000. The vessel’s drilling depth is 40,000ft. The sixth vessel joins the Stena Carron, the Noble Don Taylor, the Noble Bob Douglas along with Stena DrillMAX and the Noble Tom Madden offshore Guyana.
In these recent events, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) indicated that the ship will be in the Stabroek Block until mid-April and will integrate the use of several vessels.
The department has been quoted as saying,” The staging area is situated approximately 59.8 nautical miles (110.8 kilometers) from the coast of Guyana and covers an area of 0.29 square nautical miles (1 square kilometre) …”
The Sam Croft was recently released from drilling operations in neighbouring Suriname where it tested deeper intervals at the Keskesi East-1 prospect located at Block 58.
“In early August 2020, ExxonMobil awarded the drillship, Noble Sam Croft , a 6-month contract to drill offshore Guyana, with an estimated operation in the fourth quarter of 2020,” Noble Corporation said. However, that was delayed.
The ultra-deepwater Noble drillships are capable of operating in water depths of up to 12,000 feet and are equipped with advanced drilling systems and redundant subsea control technology and station-keeping systems.