Discoverer Americas, a 6th Generation Drillship owned by Transocean, Inc. is on station in almost 9000 feet of water off Egypt. They are standing by to "jet in" 36 inch conductor casing. (c) Gary Hendershot

About a week or two before the drilling moratorium was lifted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Statoil-contracted Discoverer Americas pulled anchor and motored east loaded to the gills with their entire casing program they plan to use while conducting exploratory drilling operations in the ultra-deepwater off Egypt.

They are currently “jetting in” 36-inch diameter casing, which is the first string of pipe set into the sea floor that helps provide the structural support for the rest of the well.

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