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After many faded hopes, Oil and Gas exploration in Cambodia revitalised with PetroVietnam subsidiary set to drill in October for KrisEnergy

KHMER TIMES, Sun, August 30, 2020

The rig PV DRILLING II will commence a 100-day drilling campaign in Việt Nam from September 2020. Photo courtesy of PV Drilling

PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s nascent and struggling oil and gas industry has been given another boost after KrisEnergy released a statement earlier in the week stating that construction of the minimum facilities wellhead platform (“mini-platform”) for the Apsara oil development offshore Cambodia Block A is completed and the topsides and jacket are being transported to Cambodian waters in the Gulf of Thailand for installation.


More positive news came when PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Service Corporation (PV Drilling)’s rig PV Drilling III will implement its contract to drill five new wells for Kris Energy in Cambodia for three months, starting October, reports.

Meanwhile, the rig PV Drilling II will start a 100-day drilling campaign in Viet Nam from September, according to the corporation.

It said from August 2020, the number of tenders for oil drilling this year in Viet Nam as well as the Southeast Asian region have become scarce with 26 out of 61 jack-up rigs in the region unemployed.

PV Drilling also suffered the same difficulty when both rigs of PV Drilling II and PV Drilling III had to cease operations in Malaysia from July 2020 and June 2020, respectively, significantly earlier than their contractual plan.

Therefore, PV Drilling will monitor the supply-demand situation in the market to seek new drilling contracts to meet business targets for this year approved at PV Drilling’s general meeting of shareholders.

PV Drilling believes that all of its jack-up rigs would have work next year. Of which, from the second quarter of 2021, its rig PV Drilling V would start to carry out a long-term contract signed with Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP).

The corporation reported that it gained year on year growth of 64 per cent in total revenue during the first six months of this year to VNĐ3.18 trillion ($137.5 million). While, its post-tax profit reached VNĐ85 billion, higher than that of VNĐ22 billion in the first six months of last year. VNS

Source: KHMER TIMES, CAMBODIA Sun, August 30, 2020

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