Based on the Conditional Letter of Award beforehand introduced in reference to Maersk Drilling’s Q3 2019 Trading Statement, Maersk Drilling has been awarded contracts for a three-well exploration drilling challenge by Total E&P Angola Block 32, Block 48 and Total E and P Namibia B.V. for the seventh technology drillship Maersk Voyager. Maersk Voyager will likely be employed offshore Angola and Namibia for a marketing campaign which incorporates the deepest water depth ever drilled offshore. The challenge consists of two wells offshore Angola in Blocks 32 and 48, plus one nicely offshore Namibia. The marketing campaign is anticipated to begin in January 2020, with an estimated period of 240 days. The complete worth of the agency contracts is roughly USD 46.3m, together with a mobilisation charge. The contracts embody two further one-well choices.
The nicely in Angola’s Block 48 will likely be drilled at a brand new world document water depth of three,628 m. The present world document is three,400 m, set by Maersk Voyager’s sister drillship Maersk Venturer when it drilled the Raya-1 nicely for Total offshore Uruguay in 2016. To assist the marketing campaign in Angola and Namibia, Maersk Drilling will likely be working with native companions to energy profitable outcomes and strengthen the event of the native oil and gasoline business to the advantage of all events concerned.
“We are thrilled to as soon as once more push past current boundaries in collaboration with Total, drawing upon our mutual expertise from the thrilling deepwater exploration initiatives now we have collaborated on over time. In addition, it’s nice to be heading again to Angola the place we carried out a sequence of profitable operations from 2012 to 2016, and to take action in a multi-country marketing campaign which is able to showcase our skill to shortly and easily transfer operations from one jurisdiction to a different,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.
Maersk Voyager is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship which was delivered in 2014. It has just lately carried out its scheduled Special Periodic Survey in Walvis Bay, Namibia, after finishing campaigns in Ghana and Equatorial Guinea in 2019.
The drillship is presently drilling offshore Angola for ENI.
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