The Age of West Aquarius

Seadrill's West Aquarius offshore drilling rig in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Photography by Greg Locke © 2013The newest arrival in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil industry is SeaDrill’s semi-submersible drill rig, West Aquarius. It is under contract to Statoil Canada to drill a number of exploration wells on the deep water Flemish Pass, 500km east of St. John’s, and the Jeanne d’Arc basin in the area of existing producing wells at Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose, 300km south east of St. John’s in the relatively shallow water of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. It will also be used in support of other exploration prospects where Statoil is non-operating partner.  Photo by Greg Locke © 2013