Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production has held a naming ceremony for the Krathong drilling rig at the Mahidol Adulyadej naval dockyard in Chon Buri province. The rig will start drilling activities next month to support Chevron’s operation in the Gulf of Thailand.
Also at the ceremony were representatives of Chevron’s partners Shelf Drilling and Lamprell.
Chatit Huayhongthong, Chevron Thailand’s asset development general manager, said: “The new rig demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver energy safely and reliably in support of Thailand’s energy security. Additionally, it will help create new jobs and increase revenue to the government.”
Kurt Hoffman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Shelf Drilling, said: “Our new-build campaign has been completed on time and without any incidents – a truly collaborative effort [among] Chevron, Shelf Drilling and Lamprell over a several-month period.
“We are excited about the potential of this rig and its predecessor Chaophraya, which is already in service, to optimise well construction in the Gulf of Thailand.”
The Krathong rig has been designed to suit Chevron’s operation in the Gulf of Thailand and to meet the challenging drilling environment due to complex geology in the gulf. Chevron says the rig will “optimise drilling capability and efficiency as well as ensure safe, environmentally friendly operations”.
Published : May 26, 2017
By : The Nation