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Chevron receives Atwood Osprey

06 June 2011

US supermajor Chevron added its new ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig Atwood Osprey into the fleet off northwest Australia.

Constructed in the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore, the rig will commence operations drilling and complete a queue of development wells as part of the Gorgon Project. The development drilling programme scheduled for 2011 and 2012 represents the most significant investments Chevron has made in development drilling offshore Western Australia. “Chevron continues to make significant investments in developing Australia's natural gas resources,” said Chevron Australia managing director Roy Krzywosinski. “The arrival of this newly contracted rig represents our ongoing long-term commitment to grow our natural gas business in Western Australia.”
The Atwood Osprey can accommodate as many as 200 people, is 426 feet (130 m) tall and 377 feet (115 m) long. When moored, it will be capable of drilling as far as 31,988 feet (9,753 m). With its own mooring equipment, it can operate in water as deep as 5,905 feet (1,800 m), or 8,202 feet (2,500 m) with pre-laid mooring.

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