Oando rig achieves 3 years of drilling without LTI

Yemie Adeoye

30 January 2013, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Oando Energy Services Limited (“OESL”) one of Nigeria’s leading indigenous provider of swamp drilling rigs services and a subsidiary of Oando PLC, has announced that the OES Teamwork, one its four rigs, has recorded a safety milestone of three years of uninterrupted operations without a Loss Time Injury (LTI).

LTI is an industry Key Performance Indicator (KPI), which measures adherence to safety requirements by evaluating the number of injury-bearing incidents capable of preventing a worker from performing or continuing with a task.

OES Teamwork is the second rig in Oando’s drilling fleet to achieve this safety feat, after OES Integrity recorded the same achievement on Friday, August 10, 2012. OESL, which currently has three swamp rigs in operations, is strongly committed to Health, Safety, and Environment requirements, and is poised to remain a leading service provider in Nigeria’s oil servicing sector.

Commenting, Mr. Bandele Badejo, Chief Executive Officer, OESL said: “We are pleased with this very significant and commendable milestone for all our stakeholders. Operating the rig for One Thousand and Ninety-six days without a Lost Time Injury is a demonstration of the emphasis we place on Environment Health, Safety, Security and Quality processes in the company, as well as the commitment of our people to these processes.
This feat further demonstrates to the industry that indigenous drilling services providers with the right people and attitude are capable of sustaining safe, efficient and incident-free operations.”

Also speaking, Mr. Chijioke Akwukwuma, Chief Environment, Health, Safety Security and Quality (EHSSQ) Officer, Oando PLC,“We are very proud of the OES teamwork for achieving this remarkable safety milestone, which is in line with the Oando Group’s zero tolerance for unsafe conditions and practices. We are committed to achieving our world-class aspirations of incident-free operations every day across all of our operations”.

OESL Teamwork rig, which is contracted to a leading international oil company, has successfully drilled, completed and worked over wells in the course of its campaign. The rig is a 3000 HP swamp drilling barge equipped with 10,000 psi Blow Out Preventers (BOP) systems.

It has an IDECO built mast and substructure with rated static hookload capacity of 1.5M lbs and capable of drilling up to 25,000 ft. The rig is equipped with three model 645E8 EMD diesel engines, two model T-1600 IDECO mud pump, three Derrick Linear Motion Shakers, two Hi-G- dryers, and Varco TDS-3 Top Drive.

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