Director of New Ventures at Ramps Logistics, Javed Razack has revealed that the company’s local team recently cleared the Rowan/Valaris EXL II jackup rig into Guyana. According to Razack, this is the first Valaris rig Ramps Logistics has worked with since the Ensco/Rowan merger.

Ensco and Rowan, two offshore drilling companies, had announced earlier this year that they would be entering a merger to create a new company called Ensco/Rowan. It is now the world’s largest offshore drilling company by fleet size.

The Director said that Ramps last worked for the Ensco DS9 while it was drilling in French Guiana earlier in 2019 for Total, and also immediately after when the rig ventured to Trinidad for maintenance. He further stated that Ramps provided logistical support while the Ensco DS12 was drilling in Suriname for Kosmos in 2018.

The Ramps official said, “The EXL II has been drilling for BP for the last few years in Trinidad.

It will now drill one well, Carapa-1, for Repsol in its Kanuku Block. The Carapa prospect is a 200-million-barrel Cretaceous target located in 70m of water. The Kanuku block is almost 2000 sq km and operated by Repsol with a 37.5% stake. The (other) partners are Tullow (37.5%) and Total (25%).”

With Tullow having back to back discoveries in 2019 in its Orinduik block, Razack said it is highly likely that the company which is a partner in the Kanuku Block, will share its learnings to improve the chances of success for Carapa-1.

He further stated that two more exploration wells are scheduled for the Kanuku block next year based on statements from Repsol.


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