TRANSFIELD Services subsidiary Easternwell has employed its biggest-ever commissioning team as part of the process to set up a state-of-the-art drilling rig in support of its two-year $42 million contact with QGC.

The rig was specially designed and built for high pressure and high temperature gas operations in Australia and represents a major expansion to the company’s drilling capability which had previously focused on shallowed drilling for natural gas in coal seams.

The company began work on the contract in late 2014, in support of QGC’s program to explore for natural gas in sandstone formations deep in the Bowen basin.

QGC contracted Easternwell to drill and appraise a small number of wells to depths of 5,000 metres.

The commissioning was carried out by 26 crew members and five camp staff, who supported 60 people onsite prior to the spud.

“Easternwell is proud to supply and operate the latest in well drilling technology as part of its contract with QGC,” Easternwell chief operating officer Tim Phelan said.

“We will draw on decades of experience in well drilling to ensure high levels of safety and productivity are achieved.”