Parker Drilling's Rig 249 began drilling operations at the Tengiz field onshore Kazakhstan, pursuant to a long-term contract with Tengizchevroil, a limited liability partnership that includes Chevron, Exxon Mobil, KazakhOil and Lukarco.
Drilling operations will focus on production drilling at average depths of 15,000 feet although there will be some exploration and re-entry work. Parker Drilling's Rig 249 is an E-3000 drilling rig with depth capabilities in excess of 30,000 feet.
The rig features cylindrical mud tanks, a modern moving system for fast well-to-well moves and rigging up and a winterized design for operating in arctic conditions.
The substantial rebuilding of Rig 249 for this project was completed in July at Partech, Parker Drilling's manufacturing facility in New Iberia, La.
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