On Monday 3rd May, 2021 the 2015 Chinese built and Malaysian owned jack up oil rig NAGA 7 listed and sank off Sarawak/Brunei Waters.
“The Board of Directors of Velesto Energy Berhad regrets to inform that an incident involving one of our rigs, NAGA 7, occurred at the worksite due to rapid penetration into the formation, whilst operating in offshore Sarawak for a client. She listed and subsequently submerged at the location. Drilling activities have not commenced and no well has been drilled,” Velesto said.
The NAGA 7 is a three-legged jack-up delivered by China’s China Merchants Heavy Industries in 2015. The rig was built to a GustoMSC design. She has a drilling depth capability of 30,000 feet (9144 meters) and has a rated operating water depth of 375 feet (114.3 meters). Under the contract, ConocoPhillips was to use the 2015 built, Gusto-designed, jack-up rig to drill up to three wells, with the start up expected sometime in the first half of 2021.
According to Velesto, all 101 personnel on board are safe on the rescue vessels, and majority have been transferred to Miri, Sarawak.
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Published – Wednesday 5th May, 2021.