June 14, 2021
Dateline 2021-05-04, Reuters:
Oil producer ConocoPhillips (COP.N) said all staff were safely evacuated from a drillship that listed and sank off the coast of Malaysia on Tuesday.
The Naga 7 drillship was being placed at a site off the coast of Sarawak state when one leg of the jack-up rig penetrated the soil, according to owner Velesto Energy Bhd (VELE.KL). No drilling had begun.
A total of 101 employees were transferred to rescue vessels, according to Velesto, which said it had begun an investigation and was evaluating recovery options. Jack-up rigs are generally designed to work in shallow waters.
May 28, 2021
Dateline 2021-05-04, Argus Media:
A drilling rig has sunk offshore eastern Malaysia while it was being prepared for work at a ConocoPhillips-operated exploration block.
The NAGA 7 tilted “due to soil rapid penetration” at the WL4-00 site according to its owner, local firm Velesto Energy. All 101 personnel on board were evacuated, and the rig subsequently sank.
April 15, 2021
Dateline 2021-03-29, Energy Voice:
ConocoPhillips is set to drill up to three wells off the Malaysian state of Sarawak after hiring a jack-up drilling rig from Malaysia’s Velesto Energy.
Velesto said ConocoPhillips has hired its Naga (dragon) 7 jack-up rig under a contract worth $8 million. Drilling is planned to start before end of June.
ConocoPhillips is considering drilling up to three wells offshore Sarawak this year – the Salam-3 appraisal and the Gagau-1 wildcat on Block WL4-00, and the Mersing-1 exploration well on Block SK 304.