AUSDRILL subsidiary Energy Drilling Australia has secured its first international contract in a partnership with Heritage Oil in Papua New Guinea.

EDA will start drilling two exploration wells this month at Heritage Oil sites in Madang Province in northern PNG in what will also be its first project for the company.

Preparation for drilling required the drill rig, a Schramm TXD200, to be shipped by barge more than 3,000 kilometres from Brisbane to the port of Madang and transported by road to the site.

Work on the contract is scheduled for completion in early February 2015.

EDA business development manager James Tuohy said that the process of getting the rig to site had posed some challenges for its crew of 16.

“(But) we are confident that our experience in Australia’s key energy regions over the past five years will put us in good stead to carry out this project in a safe, timely and effective manner for Heritage Oil,” he said.

EDA has shown growth with increasing its fleet from one rig to four, including its latest addition Schramm T500XD Telemast mobilised in September for Senex in the Cooper basin, Australia.

The Schramm TXD200 rig was the second the comany had commissioned.

To date EDA has successfully completed drilling programs for some of Australia’s largest energy companies operating in the Galilee, Surat and Cooper basins and the South Georgina Field, offering both drilling and well servicing for projects at varying stages of completion.