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Shell awards IKM Group mud-recovery contract offshore Malaysia

01st September 2014

IKM Group will provide a riserless top-hole mud circulation system to Shell on the Malikai project offshore Sabah, Malaysia

Shell awards IKM Group mud-recovery contract offshore Malaysia
The contract will be between Sarawak Shell Berhad / Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited and IKM Energy Services Sdn Bhd

This contract award is an important milestone for IKM’s MRR technology (Mud Recovery without Riser) and will mark the first application for MRR outside the North Sea.

“IKM is excited to win this important contract from Shell, and to work as part of an integrated team on board the Norshore Atlantic,” said Tom Hasler, managing director of IKM Cleandrill AS. “We believe that using a specialist top-hole vessel and IKM’s MRR system can offer significant advantages to Clients with multi-well development projects. This project adds to IKM Group’s extensive operations in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region, and will showcase the operational and commercial benefits of the MRR system”

For Malikai, Shell will utilise the Norshore Atlantic drill-ship to batch drill eight top-holes in a water depth of 475 metres. The drilling fluids will be collected at the wellhead and pumped back to the vessel using IKM’s MRR, enabling the use of engineered drilling fluids. This method of top-hole drilling delivers minimal environmental impact with no discharge of drilling fluids, reduces risk, and provides mud logistics benefits and associated cost efficiency.

The contract will be between Sarawak Shell Berhad / Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited and IKM Energy Services Sdn Bhd.

The MRR is a 2nd generation riserless mud recovery technology, incorporating the latest advances in safe working, operational performance and cost efficiency. The system has been developed to reduce the deck footprint, the number of offshore personnel, and the overall cost of top-hole mud recovery operations, and therefore expand the utilisation of such systems in mainstream drilling operations.

 

 

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