MSc Petroleum Geology students learn on Maersk Deliverer Rig
UNAM’s Geology Department recently took their Master’s students to visit a vessel parked offshore in Walvis Bay. The Maersk Deliverer is an ultramodern platform for drilling and completion and is a semi-submersible rig capable to drill in ultra-deep water (up to 3000m water depth) and capable for operating a drill string up to 12000 m long.
Dr Angst Wanke, Senior Lecturer in the Geology Department arranged the academic excursion with help from the Namibian Petroleum Operators Association (NAMPOA). “We had a visit including a technical introduction to the Maersk Deliverer Rig, parked offshore Walvis Bay, it was a wonderful experience. I could see my students eager to be out on the real thing”, remarked a joyful Dr Wanke. The Rig has been operating offshore Angola for 4 years. Due to the collapse of the oil prize drilling operations have stopped. The rig is now parked offshore Walvis Bay, as fees for parking are lower offshore in Namibia than offshore in Angola.
NAMPOA hopes that one operator can find funds to drill offshore Namibia for oil exploration. Drilling costs are very low for the time being, depending on the nature of operation, costs may be below 0,5 million US$/day.