DeltaTek's well construction tool passes Ballindalloch test

Offshore technology firm DeltaTek said today that its SeaCure well construction device had been deployed successfully for the first time for Total.

SeaCure was deployed from the Ocean Valiant rig at the French energy giant’s Ballindalloch oil field.

Dyce-based DeltaTek designed SeaCure for constructing wells with more reliability and speed, which means reduced rig time and lower costs.

Dave Shand, DeltaTek chief commercial and operations officer, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results of the Total deployment.

“A key deliverable was to get cement back to the seabed – SeaCure facilitates improved cement placement and this was the first-time cement has successfully been brought back to the seabed in this part of the North Sea.

“The DeltaTek team executed the job with clinical precision, minimising the volume of cement pumped, cement contamination, displacement and the patio around the well head.

“This project was a major success and again illustrated how SeaCure can optimise drilling operations.”

Total took over the Ballindalloch project following last year’s acquisition of Maersk Oil, the previous operator.

It is expected to be developed as a tie-back to the Gryphon Alpha floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

The field is located about 90 miles south-east of Shetland.

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