Kuala Lumpur: Norwegian drilling contractor Norshore announced that it has entered into a firm contract with Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd, Far Frontier Energy Sdn. Bhd. for top hole drilling at the Malikai field offshore Sabah, Malaysia.
“We have for years seen the potential within the riser-less drilling market and we are very pleased to have secured this first top hole drilling contract for Shell. We believe top hole drilling will contribute to cut the overall drilling costs of field developments. “Norshore Atlantic” has been specifically built to accommodate safe and efficient riser-less drilling operations and we are looking forward to demonstrate the vessel’s capability for Shell at the Malikai field”, says Petter H. Tomren, ceo of Norshore.
The contract with Shell is expected to commence in the middle of August 2014 and will thereafter keep “Norshore Atlantic” on hire for the majority of the remaining year. Norshore took delivery of its first vessel, “Norshore Atlantic”, early March 2014 from Otto Marine in Singapore. [09/05/14]