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Unison.ie: Corrib partners drilling five wells

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(Drilling is being undertaken using the Sedco 711 drilling rig, a semi-submersible drilling unit)

Wednesday April 4th 2007   
  
DRILLING of five new development wells on the Corrib gas field off the West coast has begun with Shell and its partners aiming to have the wells completed by the end of the year.

The Corrib Gas Partners recommenced drilling activities in the Corrib Gas field, 83km off the West coast last week.

In a statement issued yesterday the partners said that at the end of this season’s drilling, sometime in the late autumn, they plan to have five wells complete and ready for production.

The Corrib field lies in 350m of water with the gas reservoir a further 3000m below the seabed.

Drilling is being undertaken using the Sedco 711 drilling rig, a semi submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depth of up to 550m.

The partners will also be using remotely operated vehicles or underwater robots, which will be operated from the surface while the partners are undertaking construction and maintenance work in deep water beyond the depth capability of commercial divers.

Construction of the gas processing plant in Bellanaboy is scheduled to commence in October, and will employ up to 700 people in Co Mayo.

Once on stream, Corrib gas will be able to provide up to 60pc of Ireland’s gas needs, reducing the country’s dependence on foreign imports.

Pat Boyle

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