Transocean’s ultra-deepwater drillship, the Discoverer Luanda (DSL) offshore Angola, celebrated first oil on the largest subsea development in the industryand the first ultra-deepwater development in Africa. However, the milestone well campaign wouldn’t have been possible without the teamwork and dedication from the entire DSL crew to overcome challenges, continuing their One Team effort.
“We are continuing to improve and learn, we will continue to focus on our primary objective of an incident-free workplace, all the time. The challenges will continue but we know we have the tools and the caliber of personnel to rise to these challenges.”
James Smith, Senior Toolpusher
What could have been setbacks, the Discoverer Luanda team saw as opportunities to capitalize on and make the team even more efficient. The great mix of personnel on board the rig had varying backgrounds and experience. It was a learning opportunity for many: an opportunity to show what great teamwork can accomplish in the face of challenge.
The geographical location presented its own set of hurdles: the water depth and the geological complexity of its near-surface salt layers created technical and engineering challenges around exploration and production drilling. Before the campaign started, the crew worked on acceptance testing of the newbuild rig. This was their chance to become familiar with each other, the equipment and operations. The team also took it upon themselves to create a bank of process tools to aid them for future work challenges.
Once the campaign was underway, the DSL crew was ahead of schedule. Six wells later, “The DSL exceeded expectations in terms of production capability, which was due in large part to the quality of the completions,” according to a recognition letter from BP. The most recent well was completed 19 days ahead of schedule.
“We are continuing to improve and learn, we will continue to focus on our primary objective of an incident-free workplace, all the time,” said James Smith, Senior Toolpusher. “The challenges will continue but we know we have the tools and the caliber of personnel to rise to these challenges.”
The crew’s performance was also commended by Guilherme Coelho, Vice President, Africa and Mediterranean Unit. “We are proud of the entire DSL team, both onshore and offshore, for their tremendous efforts in turning a difficult start up of operations into safe, reliable and efficient operations for our customer BP,” said Guilherme.
Bill Schofield, Vice President, Regional Wells for BP Angola sent the DSL team a thank you letter, congratulating and recognizing the crews hard work and performance. You can read his letter on page 5.
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