President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made the appeal in his first speech to the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate. Seventy years ago, during the Soviet era, Kazakhstan was the site of the first atomic bomb test when more than 450 nuclear devices were exploded near Semipalantinsk, today known as Semey. Mr. Tokayev stated that achieving a nuclear-free world has become an essential part of national identity. “We stem from the firm conviction that nuclear weapons are no longer an asset but a danger to global peace and stability,” he said. “Unfortunately, some countries still rely in their strategic defense calculations on nuclear arsenals, prompting their rivals to consider acquiring asymmetric responses but equally deadly types of WMDs (weapons of mass destruction). Leading by example, Kazakhstan works hard to alter these misperceptions.” Along with renouncing nuclear weapons, Kazakhstan has established a nuclear weapon-free zone in Central Asia. The country is also behind the adoption of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, observed annually on 29 August, the anniversary of the Semipalatinsk tests. “Kazakhstan believes that the current issues on Iran’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula should be settled only by political means, with due respect to each other’s interests and concerns,” Mr. Tokayev said. The President also highlighted his country’s contribution to peace and security. The capital, Astana, has hosted 13 rounds of negotiations on the Syrian crisis. Regarding counter-terrorism efforts, he reported that Kazakhstan and partners this year undertook a special humanitarian mission to repatriate nearly 600 citizens from war zones in Syria. “We are ready to share our experience with other countries and urge them to take similar actions,” the President said.
Noble’s Hans Deul jack-up rig has been selected to drill the five Phase 1 production wells, one each of which are planned at the Blythe and Elgood fields and three at the Southwark field Core Project Phase 1 rig contract awarded to Noble Corporation. (Credit: Kristina Kasputienė from Pixabay) Independent Oil and Gas, the UK gas company targeting high returns via an infrastructure-led hub strategy, as operator of its joint venture with CalEnergy Resources (UK), is pleased to announce that it has awarded the rig contract for its Core Project Phase 1 to a subsidiary of Noble Corporation (“Noble”). This follows a competitive selection process by IOG’s drilling and contracting teams, assisted by well management contractor Petrofac, involving extensive technical and commercial evaluation across several drilling contractors.Noble’s Hans Deul jack-up rig has been selected to drill the five Phase 1 production wells, one each of which are planned at the Blythe and Elgood fields and three at the Southwark field. The fields all lie in 20-30 metre water depth in the UK Southern North Sea (“SNS”). The Hans Deul has a track record of successfully and safely executing wells in the SNS.The Phase 1 drilling campaign is scheduled to commence in Q1 2021 and, subject to actual well durations over the five wells, is expected to last into Q2 2022, with First Gas scheduled for Q3 2021.The contract also includes extension options to drill up to two further wells on favourable terms, at IOG’s election.Alongside this, detailed well design is progressing, on track to be completed in early 2021 ahead of the first well being spudded. The Company has also contracted most of the key services, tangibles and logistics for the Phase 1 drilling campaign and is tendering and negotiating multiple associated contracts.Andrew Hockey, CEO of IOG, commented:“We are very pleased to have contracted the Noble Hans Deul rig for our Phase 1 drilling campaign. Noble is a highly experienced drilling contractor and the Noble Hans Deul is both technically and commercially a strong choice, with a safe and successful track record of delivering similar wells.This rig contract is another key step in ensuring efficient execution of Phase 1 of our SNS Core Project, with optionality for further drilling activity on favourable terms. It also reflects good ongoing collaboration between our drilling and contracting teams and Petrofac, who are the approved Well Operator. We look forward to spudding the first well in Q1 2021.Robert Eifler, CEO of Noble Corporation, said:“We are proud to support IOG and their partners on the Core Project Phase 1 drilling campaign. The Noble Hans Duel has a proven history of successful operations in the North Sea and we look forward to delivering safe and efficient operations for IOG on this important project.” Source: Company Press Release