Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has awarded the rig contract for phase one of its core project to Noble Corporation.
Noble’s Hans Deul jack-up rig will drill five production wells — one on the Blythe field, another on Elgood and three Southwark in the UK southern North Sea.
The drilling campaign should start in Q1 2021, with first gas scheduled for Q3 2021.
The contract also includes extension options to drill up to two further wells.
IOG chief executive Andrew Hockey said: “We are very pleased to have contracted the Noble Hans Deul rig for our Phase 1 drilling campaign.
“Noble is a highly experienced drilling contractor and the Noble Hans Deul is both technically and commercially a strong choice, with a safe and successful track record of delivering similar wells.
“This rig contract is another key step in ensuring efficient execution of phase one of our SNS core project, with optionality for further drilling activity on favourable terms.
“It also reflects good ongoing collaboration between our drilling and contracting teams and Petrofac, who are the approved well operator.
“We look forward to spudding the first well in Q1 2021.”
Noble chief executive Robert Eifler said: “We are proud to support IOG and their partners on the core project phase one drilling campaign.
“The Noble Hans Duel has a proven history of successful operations in the North Sea and we look forward to delivering safe and efficient operations for IOG on this important project.”