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Stena signs up to drill Exxon well off Canada

© Stena DrillingA drillship under a blue sky, with the wake of a boat
The Stena Forth

ExxonMobil Canada has signed a contract for the Stena Forth to drill one well offshore Canada in the second half of 2022.

Stena Drilling said it would provide the mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) for one firm well. The Stena Forth will go from the East Mediterranean to eastern Canada.

The company said it had reached an agreement to “accommodate this well for ExxonMobil within the Stena Forth’s contractual backlog”.

Once it has completed the well for Exxon, the MODU will return to the East Mediterranean.

Stena welcomed the contract, saying it was looking forward to a “safe and efficient campaign in Eastern Canada”.

The Stena Forth is currently offshore Israel. In October 2020, Stena reported it had won a contract from Noble Energy for a decommissioning campaign offshore Israel.

At the time, the company said it would mobilise the Stena Forth to the site in July and August 2021. Decommissioning work was to take around 80 days, on four wells.

The company went on to report it had a contract for three more P&A wells and one completion. There was also an option for another well offshore Cyprus.

The Stena Forth carried out a well this year for CNOOC, offshore Newfoundland.

Stena is also providing another MODU, the Stena IceMax, to Energean for three wells in 2022.

QatarEnergy (QE) struck a deal with Exxon last month under which it would take a 40% stake in the EL 1165A, offshore Canada.

EL 1165A is 450 km east of St Johns and in water depths of around 1,100 metres. Exxon issued a tender for a MODU earlier this year, targeting work to start between May and August 2022.

Water depth is 1,175 metres, with a total depth of 3,470 metres. It intends to test the potential of the Cretaceous sandstones.

Updated to include mention of CNOOC work off Newfoundland.

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