Danish offshore drilling contractor Maersk Drilling is holding its drilling rig fleet busy as new contracts and extensions pour in for the driller.
In its fleet standing report printed on Thursday Maersk Drilling stated that a number of new contracts and extensions have been signed throughout the first quarter of the 12 months in addition to after the tip of the quarter.
In 1Q 2019, Eni has exercised a 35-day possibility for the Maersk Voyager drillship in direct continuation of the rig’s contract in Ghana. The contract with Eni is ready to finish in June 2019.
It is price reminding that the Voyager drillship has lately drilled a nicely for Eni on the Akoma exploration prospect situated offshore Ghana. The nicely was drilled in a water depth of 350 meters and reached a complete depth of 3790 meters. It proved an estimated quantity between 550 and 650 bcf of fuel and 18-20 mmbbl of condensate.
In addition, Maersk Voyager has been awarded a 70-day contract with Noble Energy in Equatorial Guinea. The contract is anticipated to begin in 2Q 2019 and finish in July 2019. The contract additionally contains one one-well possibility.
in Equatorial Guinea, Noble Energy is engaged on making a Final Investment Decision for the Alen fuel challenge in 2019.
During the primary quarter of 2019, the Maersk Viking drillship has been awarded extra time with its present consumer. Namely, Aker Energy exercised two choices of 41 days and 49 days respectively on direct continuation of the rig’s contract in Ghana. This contract with Aker Energy ends in May.
To remind, Aker Energy in April concluded the appraisal drilling marketing campaign at its operated Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block offshore Ghana for which it used the Maersk Viking drillship.
In addition, Maersk Viking has received a one-well contract with three extra one-well choices with AGM Petroleum Ghana. One of the three choices has been exercised. The contract is ready to begin this month and finish in August 2019.
The jack-up rig Maersk Resolve has been awarded a a 60-day contract with Wintershall Noordzee within the Netherlands. This deal began in March and can final till August 2019.
The rig has been additionally been awarded a 180-day contract, plus two one-well choices, with Wintershall Noordzee within the Netherlands from August 2019 till February 2020.
Furthermore, CNOOC has exercised the primary of 9 one-well choices for the Maersk Innovator jack-up rig within the UK, which expires in October 2019. Expected length is 75 days. The firm now has eight one-well choices remaining underneath the contract.
The jack-up Maersk Resolute has been awarded a 49-day extension by Petrogas, which is able to maintain the rig working within the Netherlands till the tip of September 2019.
At the tip of the primary quarter 2019, Maersk Drilling’s backlog was $2.2 billion.
As beforehand reported, after the tip of the primary quarter 2019, the Maersk Deliverer semi-submersible has been awarded a three-year contract with Inpex for drilling on the Ichthys fuel and condensate subject within the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia. The estimated worth (income) of the three-year contract is $300 million, together with mobilization. The rig’s present contract with Eni in Timor Leste is ready to finish this month.
Finally, the Maersk Discoverer semi-submersible drilling rig has been awarded a 100-day extension of its present contract with BP in Egypt, which is able to maintain the rig working till the tip of October 2019.