Drifting Songa Rig Forced To Cut Drillstring

Published at 04:56PM - 12/01/16

Drifting Songa rig forced to cut drillstring during North Sea storms that battered the offshore oil and gas industry over the Christmas period.

The CAT D Songa Equinox drilling rig encountered problems on December 24th 2015 whilst drilling for Norwegian state run Statoil- according to Norwegian publication offshore.no.

Songa Rig Forced To Cut Drillstring

The publication states that the Equinox’s dynamic positioning, which holds the rig on station, failed during drilling operations with the bit downhole.

Swept by storms the Songa Equinox continued to move off station forcing the crew to initiate the Emergency Disconnect System (EDS) – cutting the drillstring.

Petroleum Safety Authority

The publication alleges that the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has been informed, and correspondence between the two parties continues, with investigations ongoing and the matter of whether drilling operations should have stopped prior to the storm being central.

Neither publication has been able to reach Songa Offshore for comment.

Songa Equinox

Currently Statoil has leased two new build CAT D offshore drilling rigs from Songa Offshore to work the Troll field, the Songa Equinox and the Songa Endurance, both for a period of 8 years and both starting their contracts over the last few weeks.

The Songa Endurance suffered a BOP failure Monday January 11th 2016, which was identified during testing prior to drilling its first well.

Last updated on 06:32AM - 13/01/16