The rig’s 1,500 HP is equivalent to the horsepower of four heavy duty trucks.
The substructure and rig floor integrates all the necessary equipment to allow its movement from one oil well to another well during drilling operations without equipment disconnection.
The testing of the rig involved 100 percent of the rig equipment being installed and run simultaneously and continuously for 24 hours up to maximum working pressure (90 percent) of the system).
The statement shows a 24-hour endurance test is so stringent, that if a problem is identified requiring stoppage for more than 30 minutes, then a 24-hour count must be restarted to ensure that the problem is resolved.
Total Energies will undertake drilling of more than 400 oil wells spread across 31 well pads in six fields (Jobi Rii, Ngiri, Gunya,Kigogole, Nsoga, Kasemene and Wahrindi) in Nwoya and Buliisa districts.
Ms Nabirye said the company is undertaking major infrastructural developments in preparation for drilling operations such as the construction of the Tangi Operation Support Base camp.
The camp will host more than 600 oil workers for the exploitation of oil resources within Murchison Falls Park.
The company is also undertaking civil works of the industrial area in Buliisa District. The area spans 300 hectares and it will host the Central Processing Facility (CPF) operating for 24 hours with camping facilities for 4,000 people, an operations support base, drilling base, wastewater treatment plant, and a lake water abstraction system.
The CPF will process 190,000 barrels of oil per day with a supply of crude oil through 160 kilometres of flow-lines from the oil wells.
Another 95 kilometre-24 inch feeder pipeline will transport the processed crude oil from the central processing facility in Buliisa to the export hub and refinery in Kabaale in Hoima.