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New rig purpose built for Taranaki operations
Todd Energy’s new Bentec onshore drilling rig, aptly named Big Ben, arrived at Port Taranaki today. Commissioned specifically to provide improved operating suitability in a rural environment, Todd Energy Chief Executive Paul Moore said the company is doing its best to ensure its upstream operations in the region provide good long term resource management by maximising economic gas extraction while reducing community and environmental impacts.
The new rig is an important part of Todd Energy’s business strategy in New Zealand. It’s highly automated which improves site safety, is quieter than older style rigs and because the rig can move more quickly, and with fewer loads, road traffic will also be reduced.
“These are factors that the Tikorangi community, where our operations are located, has told us are important to them. We are pleased that the rig has arrived and that our drilling programme from this year forward will be with a purpose built rig,” said Mr Moore.
Owning its rig will also reduce well costs, enabling Todd Energy to drill more wells than otherwise. “Big Ben also has greater horsepower than the prior rig. This gives us the ability to drill wells further and deeper than we have before, so reducing the number of wellsites than would otherwise be needed” he said.
MB Century New Zealand has been awarded the contract for Big Ben’s ongoing operations and maintenance, and has predominantly employed local staff and contractors.
New for 2014, the WITT drilling school opens this year offering a Certificate in Industrial Trade (Hydrocarbons). The programme is the result of an industry aspiration to provide drilling training and certification in Taranaki and to increase students’ preparedness and qualifications for drilling careers in the oil and gas sector.
Todd Energy is a founding member of the Drilling Training Forum, the organisation established to develop this programme, which targets developing employment opportunities for locals through its support.
Big Ben’s arrival also coincides with the establishment of Todd Energy’s new rig camp facility, which opened earlier this week. The new camp has been designed to better blend into the environment and provide improved accommodation for drill teams. Rig staff will live on site during work rotations to increase safety compliance and minimise traffic in the area. Meals at the camp are proudly Taranaki made, with Taranaki locals employed to provide catering services.
David Robinson Chief Executive PEPANZ said the local focus demonstrated by Todd Energy was indicative of an industry that takes local needs very seriously. “The job opportunities arising from these initiatives are significant and will continue to grow. The expansion of the oil and gas industry in Taranaki has seen the local economy grow by 46.9 per cent over 4 years, making the region the largest growing economy in New Zealand.
“And it is not just local communities that benefit. Nationwide we already employ 7,500 people and have contributed over $4 billion to our country’s economy to date. This proves that when companies like Todd Energy keep their business local, Kiwis everywhere are better off,” he said.
The Bentec Model Euro Rig 450t was built in Germany by Bentec GMBH Drilling and Oilfield Systems - a German based global leader in drilling rig design and fabrication. It was shipped to New Zealand from Rotterdam, leaving Rotterdam on 4 December 2013, and will be assembled on site at Mangahewa D over the next month.
The rig purchase represents a total investment of $42 million. It will initially be deployed in the Mangahewa field, to continue Todd Energy’s Mangahewa development programme. Once the objectives in Mangahewa have been achieved, this rig will continue to operate to support Todd’s wider exploration and production activities in on-shore Taranaki.
The rig uses the latest in drilling rig technology and design. Specifically, it has numerous health, safety and environmental features built into the design, including a high degree of mechanisation to reduce manual handling and improve crew safety. The combined benefits in road safety, energy efficiency, quieter operations and safer crews, will result in important community and environment benefits as well as economic.
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