EDrill-2 ends Offshore Myanmar Campaign on a high note

March 31st, 2019

March 2019 marks the end of a very successful campaign for rig EDrill-2 in Myanmar with PTTEPI.

Our CEO thanked the crew of EDrill-2 for their hard work and dedication for a job well done and putting Energy Drilling on the map of offshore Myanmar.

Many milestones were achieved during this campaign which helped PTTEPI and MOGE, Myanmar, secured gas production in the Zawtika ahead of schedule and better than budgeted.

In a period of 1,204 days, a total of 87 wells were drilled and completed together with 11 rig moves, of which several were carried out during the monsoon seasons. This is a great achievement for an inaugural campaign with a newly built rig.

Below are some of the key highlights and achievements:-

Dec’15, Arrival at Zawtika field of new build rig, EDrill-2, from COSCO Guangzhou, China
Jan’16, Drilled and completed 1st monobore well ZTK-04-V
Sep’16, PTTEPI decided to use only EDrill-2 for drilling and completions. This eliminates the need for a second rig solely for completions
Oct’16, Completed 1st well ZTK-07-S, Sand Control Completion, dual zones, extension pack with SIMOPS
Sep’17, PTTEPI decided to extend EDrill-2’s contract to Feb’19
Oct’17, UWILD completed offshore from tender, with no requirement for additional diving support vessel
Nov’17, Selected 38 MOGE crew (for 2nd year) from 78 interviews. Continued with training in Yangon and onsite
Dec’17, Drilled and completed Zawtika 1B development, ZWP4, 5, 6, 7 and ZWP-2 infill, total 46 wells
Jul’18, Rescued 12 Myanmar fishermen stranded at sea. Safely transferred to Yangon
Oct’18, Achieved 2 years LTI free
Dec’18, Continuous improvement on rig move days, total 8.5 days on ZWP-11 to ZWP-10
Jan’19, Continuous improvement on rig conversion days, total 1.3 days on ZWP-10
Mar’19, Drilled and completed Zawtika 1C development, ZWP8, 9, 10, 11 and ZWP-7 infill, total 41 wells
Mar’19, Demob equipment and personnel. 124 personnel disembarked by helicopter, total 14 flights
Mar’19, End of contract. Total 1,204 days, 87 wells, 126 zones of SC completion, 11 rig moves, 9 rig conversions
Mar’19, EDrill-2 arrives in Singapore for warm stack and PM routine lead by drilling and maintenance crew

Our CEO received a very appreciative email from Khun Piya, GM of PTTEPI Myanmar as follows:

Dear Khun Marcus,
We sincerely appreciate your rig service to us as one of our most reliable business partners. 
Since we started the Zawtika development campaign 1B/1C, Energy Drilling has provided the highest level of commitment to meet MOGE and PTTEPI SSHE and performance expectation. When facing challenges, your team took them up in a positive way and raised quality up to another level. Our team could not be more satisfied with your work. 
We look forward to continuing this relationship in future opportunities.

Warm regards,
Piya S.


EDrill-2 arriving in Singapore

Bird's eye view of EDrill-2

EDrill-2 preparing to berth

Photos taken by Justin Tan of Kim Heng Yard


Drilling down: Marcus Chew

March 11th, 2019

Energy Drilling CEO, Marcus Chew, in his recent interview with the CEO Magazine.

“You don’t achieve a world-class operation without dedicated workers – they define us as a company.”

Read more.


This article was originally published in February 2019, March Asia Edition of
CEO Magazine, and is protected by copyright.


People Focused - CEO interview with Drilling Contractor

September 16th, 2018

Our CEO, Marcus Chew, recently attended the 2018 IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference & Exhibition held in Bangkok Thailand.

Speaking at the conference, Marcus touched on employees' competency and increasing their skill sets. With him at the Executive Plenary Session were senior representatives from leading oil companies, service providers and drilling contractors, Chevron Asia, PTTEP, Sapura Energy, Shelf Drilling & Weatherford .

Watch Marcus' interview with Linda Hsieh, DC Managing Editor, as he talks about taking employee's traning out to the rig site, how the industry can deal with the oversupply of rigs and lessons learned from ultra-efficient drilling operations in the Gulf of Thailand.

Reshaping for a Smart and Sustainable Future - focus in this year's IADC/SPE Asia Pacific Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition

Marcus Chew speaking with Linda Hsieh - DC Managing Editor

This video interview was originally published on the 13th of September 2019 of Drilling Contractor, and is protected by copyright.

Stranded & Saved at sea!

July 09th, 2018

12 fishermen have been dramatically rescued off the stormy Andaman sea after their fishing boat capsized.

Last fateful weekend, a fishing boat capsized and left her crew of 12 stranded for 5 days at sea. A joint effort by Energy Drilling, our client, PTTEPI and local authorities provided safe passage and refuge to the stranded crew.

Brad Dewis, OIM, together with Graeme Bain, Rig Manager, extended full support throughout the entire ordeal. The fishermen were well looked after onboard EDrill-2. This reaffirmed that our commitment to safety, one of our core values, is well integrated within our ranks.

Below is a snippet of an account from one of the crew, translated by Maung Thein Shwe, EDrill-2's Rig Translator.

They said,”Our livelihoods depend on fishing, we all are fishermen. Unfortunately, our wooden fishing boat was effected by strong wind and it sunk into the bottom of the sea.

Luckily, we had a small rowing boat and that was the only one remaining for our survival and escape. We have been floating in water for 5 days.

Finally, from a distance, we saw a platform and although at a time when we were all exhausted, almost dying from exhaustion, hunger and thirst, we made a collective decision that the only thing that we had to do was "we would have to sail to reach there’’. However, strong wind and tide delayed us and it took a day before we were anywhere near rig EDrill-2.

We received a lot of assistance from rig EDrill-2, under the collaboration of her crew which was done safely and systematically.

Every single crew member onboard treated us very warmly, gave us food, clothing, shoes, cigarettes and money. We are also thankful for the transportation arranged for us to go back home safely. When we were transferred to a supply boat to be sent back onshore, supervisors on EDrill-2 were keeping communication with us.

We would not have any chance of survival if this rig didn’t save us. We are sure that we will die and not survive from this perilous condition.

Now, with the care of this rig’s supervisors, they did not only save our lives but also our families that we left behind.

So we do thank everyone involved, again and again, and really appreciate for the help and the medical treatment received for our injured crew.

We will be praying for you and may your project be successful. This act of kindness will be forever remembered in our lives.”

Group photo with the survivors and EDrill-2's Translator, JD

Brad Dewis, OIM, handing out a token to remember us by, to one of the crew, after a safety debrief.

Jonathan Haire, materialsman, followed suit, with MOGE's rep. smiling & witnessing in the background

Safely home!

In the Hot Seat

May 28th, 2018

What happens when Rig Managers fall sick, go for a short family vacation, or have to attend a course?

Here at Energy Drilling, we encourage OIMs to step up and sit in the 'hot seat' to manage the daily operations.

At Energy Drilling also, we strongly believe in succession plans which include internal promotions. Not only will this short stint catapult them to a more extensive side of managing operations both onshore and offshore, it also exposes them to the corporate side of management and dealing directly with clients.

Just recently, OIMs Chad Bartlett and Bradley Dewis were at Bangkok and Yangon offices respectively taking the lead for EDrill-1 and EDrill-2.

Here's Chad in his off time at BKK office, and already planning the next chemistry set to work on with his daughters, before setting off to a morning meeting with the client

Below we have Brad in downtown Yangon filling in for Graeme, looking forward to a day of meetings with the client