Statoil announced today it has decided to cancel a contract with Stena Drilling for the mobile rig Stena Don.
The rig had been on contract to the Norwegian company since 7 February 2014, performing operations for the Troll and Fram licenses.
“The cancellation will take effect after the plugging activity on the Troll field has been completed, in early November,” Statoil explained in a statement.
Statoil Cancels Stena Don Mobile Rig
The original contract termination date for the Stena Don was 7 February 2017.
After the completion of the plugging activity on the Troll field offshore Norway, the mobile rig was expected to proceed to the Fram licence.
“However, the licence does not have any work programme for the rig, nor does Statoil have any other activities where the available capacity can be used,” the company explained further.
According to a statement issued by the Norwegian offshore workers’ union SAFE, the contract for the rig means some 180 employees will be affected.
The union expressed hope that Stena Drilling will keep the rig ready for new assignments offshore Norway soon, as the rig will be available in November.
Stena Don Will Go Into Circulation in November
Stig-Rune Refvik, the head of SAFE in Stena Drilling said the union was informed that Statoil does not have a drilling programme available for the rig after the current operations end in early or mid-November.
Therefore, it is likely that the Stena Don will have to go into circulation before a new contract is signed.
Although it is still too early to say what is going to happen, the union hopes that an arrangement will be made to keep the workers in the company, he explained further.
The Stena Don is a harsh environment, dynamically positioned class 3 semi-submersible drilling rig built in 2001 and designed by Sonat/Hitachi.
The rig has been designed as a drilling, completion and workover vessel for workover operations and is capable of working at water depths of up to 500 metres.Last updated on 06:40PM - 28/10/16