Many Wyndham residents noticed when this object appeared on the water a couple of kilometers away from Wyndham Harbour and the RAAF Base in June of last year.
But did you realise that it has now gone? That’s right, the Ocean Onyx, a Drilling Rig that was built in 2014 and can drill to a depth of 6,000 feet, has slipped away quietly on it’s journey to drill for gas off the Port Campbell coast.
The rig, owned by Diamond Offshore was also undergoing a legal battle with Beach Energy due to an alleged breach of contract which has now been resolved.
The parties executed a new offshore drilling agreement for the use of the Ocean Onyx to undertake Beach Energy’s Victorian Otway offshore drilling program
“The agreement, which is at a globally competitive rig rate for deepwater semi-submersible rigs, includes provisions for COVID-19 related costs and delays,” Beach Energy said.
An independent rig broking company has estimated the day rate to be around $220,000.