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Southwark drilling programme halted

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IOG has said that the Noble Hans Deul rig, currently drilling at the Southwark gas field in the North Sea, has experienced an increasing challenge with seabed conditions that, if not remediated, would compromise rig stability.

Technical personnel have explored potential options to manage these challenges. However, on Friday 7 January, the rig owner concluded that, as a prudent precautionary measure, temporary re-location of the rig will be required to facilitate seabed remediation and enable safe continuation of Southwark drilling operations. This course of action is now in motion.

The rig is expected to remain offshore with non-essential crew and equipment demobilised while the issue is rectified.

Andrew Hockey, CEO of IOG, commented: "This is a frustrating but absolutely necessary step to ensure we can drill and complete the Southwark production wells in a fully safe manner, which is always our foremost priority. Our team is working around the clock with our drilling contractors Noble Corporation and Petrofac to minimise the interruption and resume the Southwark drilling programme at the earliest opportunity."

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