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RDS Awarded Contract by Nexen for Provision of Drilling Facilities Concept Design Services

RDS RDS, the engineering division of international drilling contractor KCA DEUTAG, has been awarded a contract for the provision of drilling facilities concept design services for the Golden Eagle Area Development by Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited.

Initially RDS will provide a London-based team of approximately 12 people.

RDS will develop the concept 'from the well up' and using this process will build a clear understanding of the wells to be drilled and this will then be translated into a cost effective drilling rig specification.

Hamish Ritchie, RDS General Manager, said: "We are delighted to be selected as Nexen Petroleum U.K.'s drilling facilities concept design contractor for the Golden Eagle Area Development".

The Golden Eagle Area, operated by Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited, is located in Blocks 20/1N and 20/1S of the U.K. Central North Sea and comprises three reservoirs, namely Golden Eagle, Hobby and Pink. The discovery is located in approximately 113m water depth some 70km offshore, 19km north of the Buzzard Field, 21km northwest of the Ettrick Field.

RDS is the Engineering Division of international drilling contractor KCA DEUTAG Drilling Group. RDS has been in the design of drilling facilities for offshore units worldwide for over 30 years. The company's 500-strong workforce provides a range of engineering services from pre-project and Front End Engineering Design (FEED) through detail design, construction support, hook-up and commissioning. The company also executes projects as an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Drilling (EPCD) contractor to provide platform drilling rigs on a turnkey basis from concept to operations. Published 25/11/09

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