BOP leak halts Sevan Louisiana

Downtime: Sevan Louisiana

Sevan Drilling has been forced to halt operations on a well being drilled in the Gulf of Mexico due to a technical glitch with newbuild cylindrical rig Sevan Louisiana.

The Oslo-listed rig contractor, controlled by John Fredriksen-backed Seadrill, said in a statement the probe had been suspended after a control system leak was uncovered on the rig’s blowout preventer earlier this month.

The upper section of the BOP has been recovered to the surface, with the rig facing downtime of more than 25 days, according to the company.

The rig, delivered from China’s Cosco Shipyard last year, started drilling work in the US Gulf earlier this year under a three-year charter with LLOG Bluewater Holdings worth $550 million, giving a dayrate of $500,000.

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