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Petronas Charters Maersk Drillship for Ultra-Deepwater Well in Gabon

April 16, 2021

Maersk Viking - Credit: Maersk Drilling
Maersk Viking - Credit: Maersk Drilling

Petronas' Gabon subsidiary PC Gabon Upstream has chartered Maersk Drilling's deepwater drillship for one exploration well in Gabon.

Maersk Drilling will supply the 2013-built Maersk Viking drilling rig which PC Gabon Upstream will use to drill an ultra-deepwater exploration well at approximately 2,100 m water depth in Block F13 offshore Gabon. 

The one-well contract with PCGUSA is expected to start in Q3 2021, in direct continuation of the rig’s previous work scope with Korea National Oil Corporation, for which it will drill one exploration well in Block 6-1 offshore South Korea. The KNOC contract has an estimated duration of 60 days. 

The firm contract value is approximately USD 24m, including mobilization and demobilization fees, Maersk Drilling said.

“We’re delighted to expand our international relationship with Petronas, with whom we have worked on deepwater wells in the Far East, the Americas and now West Africa. We’re looking forward to conducting our first-ever campaign in Gabon,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.

The Maersk Viking is currently operating offshore Brunei Darussalam. Following the completion of the contract with PCGUSA, the rig will move on to start the previously announced four-well contract with Shell Malaysia.



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