Stena Drilling, have confirmed that their ultra deepwater, harsh environment drillship, the Stena IceMAX has reached eastern Canada is is ready to start drilling offshore.
The IceMax is the world’s first drillship to be dynamically positioned, have a duel mast configuration and be designated ‘ice-class. It means the IceMAX can work anywhere in the world in pretty much any weathers.
The vessel has been leased to oil and gas super major Royal Dutch Shell, for work on the company’s US$1 billion exploration program in Canada’s Shelburne Basin, around 250 km (155 mi) offshore Nova Scotia.
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The Nova Scotian Premier, Stephen McNeil, gave a warm welcome to the news adding that the offshore oil and gas exploration work would boost both local jobs and the economy.
McNeil said: ”This is an important day in Nova Scotia’s economic history. Offshore development is one of our most exciting opportunities for growth and I am thrilled Shell is committed to further exploring our offshore potential by drilling its first deep-water well.”
The Premier added: “Nova Scotians are among the IceMAX crew and several local companies are lined up to supply goods and services to the ongoing project.”
The IceMAX is expected to start offshore exploratory drilling within a few days, once the local Canadian government and regulatory bodies have issued all remaining permits.