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AGR has signed a master well services contract and a service order with Chevron U.S.A. to provide dual gradient drilling (DGD) offshore operational services for Chevron’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GoM) program for up to five years, commencing this year.
The announcement comes as AGR’s existing four-year contract, DGD project management and engineering services, moves towards a close later this year, with the testing and load-out of the world’s first DGD system for use on a deepwater drillship.
The Pacific Santa Ana drillship, owned by Pacific Drilling, will be operational for Chevron in the deepwater GoM this year, following the successful installation of the custom-built DGD system on the rig.
Under the agreement, Chevron will use AGR’s specialized technical services and the Chevron-owned DGD system as an enabling technology on complex deep-zone wells in its large deepwater GoM portfolio.
AGR’s enhanced drilling solutions division’s executive vice president, David Hine, said, “The Chevron DGD development is a world’s first. We are proud to have led the engineering management phase together with Chevron and to have now secured the opportunity to deliver the offshore operations and maintenance phase over the next few years.”
“On the premise of improved efficiency, it is becoming increasingly apparent that DGD-related services will have an important place in the future of offshore drilling for difficult deepwater and deep zone wells,” Hine added.