Transocean claims record sea depth for oil drilling

Apr 12, 2011
Offshore oil drilling group Transocean claimed Tuesday that it had a set a world record for deep water drilling at an ocean depth of 3,107 metres (10,194 feet) off the coast of India.

Offshore oil drilling group Transocean claimed Tuesday that it had a set a world record for deep water drilling at an ocean depth of 3,107 metres (10,194 feet) off the coast of India.

The depth was achieved by the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2, surpassing the previous record of 10,011 feet, also set by Transocean in 2003 in the Gulf of Mexico, the group said in a statement.

It set "what the company believes is a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,194 feet of water while working for Reliance Industries offshore India."

Transocean owned the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded last year in the , killing 11 rig workers and triggering a huge spill along the southern US coast.

The disaster also highlighted the growing exploitation of hard to reach and costly fields beneath on the , driven by dwindling resources and higher oil prices.

By comparison North Sea fields have been largely exploited at water depths of around 100 metres.

Explore further: New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

US sets up security zone around BP oil spill site

Oct 28, 2010

A security zone has been set up around the site of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to safeguard any evidence of the environmental disaster earlier this year, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

'Major oil spill' as rig sinks off US coast

Apr 23, 2010

A blazing oil rig has sunk into the Gulf of Mexico, sparking fears of an environmental disaster two days after a massive blast that left 11 workers missing.

Recommended for you

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

7 hours ago

In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some ...

New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research

12 hours ago

Federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must involve increased investment in research and development of carbon capture and storage technologies, according to a new paper published by the University of Wyoming's ...

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

17 hours ago

Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

rgwalther
not rated yet Apr 12, 2011
3,107 meters as compared to 100 meters? I hate to be a paranoid, but that(w/o considering pressure et al) means there is 30 times more pipe that is subject to failure. Not to mention the chance of unleashing all those weird Hindu gods.
Shelgeyr
1 / 5 (1) Apr 13, 2011
I think this is rather good evidence in favor of petroleum being abiogenic. Isn't this a bit outside the "oil window"?