Woodside awards site investigation contracts to Benthic

Global geosciences company Benthic has been awarded two site investigation contracts commencing in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The first contract covers investigations at the proposed Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) development, while the second is for exploration at the Greater Enfield Development located off the coast of Western Australia.

Benthic will be using the portable remotely operated Drill 3 (PROD3) to execute the contracts consecutively, with the offshore supply ship Jaya Vigilant acting as the launch point.

At the Browse FLNG site, PROD3 will drill to depths of up to 35 m below the mudline in water depths of up to 620 m.

The rig is scheduled to complete in-situ testing and sampling to identify conditions and geotechnical properties of soil.

When investigations are completed on the first contract, Jaya Vigilant will transit to the Greater Enfield Development to complete similar operations.

Once offshore operations are complete, Benthic will develop geotechnical data reports to be provided to Woodside.

PROD has already successfully executed investigations in this region, including the 2014 Browse FLNG contract, which provided Woodside with significant knowledge on the region’s seabed conditions.

Steve Pywell, CEO of Benthic, said “PROD’s previous success working in the Browse Gas Field and its adjacent sectors provides confidence that the site investigations will be executed to Woodside’s full satisfaction.

“Benthic is pleased to have a strong working relationship with Woodside and looks forward to executing these two project.”

For further information visit the Benthic website.

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