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Safe rig on Siri

December 21, 1998, 08:00 CET

A year without lost-time injuries has been achieved by Nobel George Sauvageau, which is drilling on Statoil's Siri field off Denmark.

This jack-up rig came into the ownership of Noble Drilling when the US company acquired Dutch contractor Neddrill.

After being upgraded earlier this year at a Dutch yard, Nobel George Sauvageau has installed conductors, drilled and completed a production well, and drilled an injection well on Siri.

The rig is jacked up over a wellhead tower which rises from the steel storage tank installed on the seabed.

A total of six-nine wells are due to be drilled on the North Sea field, but this work has been suspended until end-January to permit installation of the Siri platform.

In the meantime, Nobel George Sauvageau is serving as an accommodation rig with berths for 132 people, reports Siri drilling
manager Helge Håland.

"Safety has a high priority on the rig, and we're paying particular attention to reporting near-misses," he adds.