Conoco says all staff safely evacuated from drillship off Malaysia

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.


Drilling rig sinks offshore eastern Malaysia

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.


ConocoPhillips gears up for Malaysian drilling

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.