- Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) intends to restart drilling off Alaska in 2014 with an upgraded Noble (NE) Discoverer drillship, with Transocean's (RIG) Polar Pioneer semisubmersible on standby if a relief well is needed, according to documents filed with U.S. regulators.
- The Discoverer includes major repairs and improvements after a setback-ridden season in 2012 that saw the rig fail 16 items on a Coast Guard inspection and nearly run aground after slipping its moorings.
- Shell says lessons learned from 2012 spurred planned and ongoing upgrades to the Discoverer; the vessel is now in an Asian shipyard, where workers are tackling its hull and “major ship systems with a focus on improving safety and environmental performance and operational efficiency."
Shell plans 2014 Alaska drill with Noble's Discoverer
Dec 5 2013, 08:19 ET