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Nigeria’s Rigcount In A Headlong Crash

There were 31 rigs active on 32 locations in Nigeria’s Niger Delta basin in February 2014, a 27% drop from 43 rigs active on as many locations August 2013, six months earlier.

Shell Nigeria’s drilling activity symbolizes the sharp fall. The AngloDutch major was on nine locations (eight onshore, one deepwater), in August 2013. In February 2014, it was drilling only two wells; Gbaran 27 on land in the Eastern Niger Delta and  Bonga 45 in deepwater.


13 land rigs were active on 13 locations in February 2014; there were also five swamp rigs, three jack ups (shallow water rigs), four semi submersibles and six drill ships.


The busiest companies were Agip (the Nigerian subsidiaries of ENI), active on four locations, including one land, two swamp and one deepwater wells and Seplat, also four: three land and one swamp locations. Seplat’s contractor for the three land rigs was Cardinal Drilling Services, which the company partly owns.


Chinese owned Addax Petroleum was on three locations, utilizing Shelf Drilling’s Jack Up Adriatic X on Adanga North Horst (ADNH)-19, and Saipem’s semi sub Scrabeo 3 on Okwori- 32 and 33.


Nigerian independent Conoil, the Indian operator Sterling and NNPC subsidiary NPDC were on two locations each with two rigs, in very different terrains; Conoil was on swamp locations Ango-2 and Ekokor-2, with Depthwize rigs The Majestic and The Imperial respectively. Sterling was on land, at Okwuibome-25 and Anieze-10, with British Oil Gas Exploration (BOGEL) rigs Bogel Durga 1 and Bogel Durga 2. NPDC was drilling Abura SE-3 with Bogel Durga 3  and Okono-10 in shallow water with Transocean’s Sedneth 701.

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