The energy giant ConocoPhillips early terminated contract with Rowan Companies for jackup rig Rowan Gorilla VI, operating in Norwegian offshore block Ekofisk 2/4A. The Super Gorilla Class offshore oil platform was chartered at dayrate of 362,000 USD/day until March 2018, but the American multinational energy corporation decided to stop production from the block due to low oil prices. According to the termination deal, the jackup rig Rowan Gorilla VI must complete plugging and abandonment operations at the well. The contract termination and closing of block operations will cost at least 50 offshore jobs from the contractor and charteur.
“Rowan Gorilla VI will be completing the P&A campaign (23 wells) on Ekofisk 2/4 A during 2016. The rig has completed its job on Ekofisk ahead of planned schedule, and will be released from the contract when the wells are plugged”, said the spokesman of ConocoPhillips in official statement.
In May, ConocoPhillips announced that Rowan Gorilla VI started the permanent plugging of 23 wells. Ekofisk’s first producer, Well A-13, was P&A’d 42 years after it came onstream, after producing 82.2 MMboe.
The jackup rig Rowan Gorilla VI has a leg length of 185 m and can work in a maximum water depth of 121 m, with a maximum drilling depth of 10,668 m.