JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – PT Pertamina Drilling Service Indonesia (PDSI), a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina will soon operate a new rig, called “PDSI#43.3/AB1500-E”, produced by PT Citra Tubindo Engineering (CTE), a subsidiary of PT Citra Tubindo Tbk at its Batam yard.
PDSI said in a statement that the rig worth US$26.6 million will be used to carry out drilling projects in Algeria. The purchase of locally-made rig shows “Pertamina’s contribution” to support the development of national oil and gas supporting industries, it said.
The naming ceremony was held at CTE yard in Batam on Thursday (Sep 8), attended by Pertamina’s Director for Upstream Muhamad Husen, President Director PDSI Farid Rudiono and President Director of CTE Kris Taenar Wiluan.
Muhamad Husen said the rig (‘PDSI#43.3/AB1500-E’) is the third rig ordered by PDSI to Citra Tubindo Engineering. Two earlier rigs produced by CTE have been used in Cepu Block, East Java. The latest rig will be used by PDSI to drill wells in Block 405a in Algeria. Pertamina is the operator of the block.
The fabrication of the rig began in the first quarter of 2014 and is 90 percent complete. The rig is scheduled to be completed in October this year. The rig has a capacity of 1500 hp. (*)