Uganda’s second oil rig arrives in Mombasa

TotalEnergies Uganda Ltd, operators of the Tilenga oil project in western Uganda, have shipped their first drilling rig, signaling readiness for scheduled oil production to begin in 2015.

The rig, the first of three, arrived at the port of Mombasa in Kenya yesterday Wednesday after setting sail from China in August.

From Mombasa it is transported to Buliisa by road.

TotalEnergies ZPEB Rig 1501 is a 1,500hp walking land rig with full integration, automation, low emissions and full soundproofing

The substructure and rig floor integrate all the necessary equipment to allow movement of the rig from well to well without having to disconnect the equipment

According to TotalEnergies Uganda, the Tilenga project facility has been upgraded with new power technology, with only a single power cable and fiber optic cable up to 150m between the facility and the backyard electric house. The device is equipped with a side saddle mast, the tube of which is picked up by the well row at an angle of 90° in order to facilitate handling and work outside the basement area.

The Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) described the arrival of the Tilenga rig as a “huge milestone on the road to First Oil 2025”.

The arrival of the Tilenga rig comes just over a month after CNOOC Uganda Ltd, the other licensed oil company in the Albertine, delivered its own rig.

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