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.
Energy Drilling has been awarded a contract by PTT Exploration & Production International (PTTEP) on the 4th December 2019 to provide drilling services on the Arthit field in Gulf of Thailand. This contract secures employment for the high specification tender rig EDrill-1, for a firm term of 3 years and 4 months with an option period of 7 months.
The Arthit field is located 230km offshore of Thailand’s Songkhla province in the Gulf of Thailand. The field lies at a water depth of 262ft (80m) and commenced production in 2008.
EDrill-1 has worked continuously for PTTEP on the neighbouring Bongkot field since its delivery in 2014 and has just successfully completed a 5 year drilling programme in December 2019. Commencement on the Arthit field will take place in June 2020 and prior to this the rig will undergo regular maintenance work in Singapore.
The crew of EDrill-1, under the leadership of rig manager, Dave Sandall are looking forward to returning to Thailand and PTTEP.
Marcus Chew, CEO of Energy Drilling, commented that, “We are pleased to extend and cement our relationship with premium client PTTEP. This award clearly demonstrates our operational excellence in the Gulf of Thailand as a premium provider of tender assist drilling.”