Maersk Drilling in two-well rig deal with Shell in Trinidad

Shell has chartered Maersk Drilling’s semi-submersible drilling rig for drilling offshore Trinidad and Tobago.

Mærsk Developer rig - Image source: Maersk Drilling
Mærsk Developer rig – Image source: Maersk Drilling

Shell will use the offshore rig for a two-well development project. The contract has an estimated duration of 171 days and is expected to start in Q1 2020.

The value of the firm contract is approximately $39 million, including a mobilization fee. The contract contains five additional one-well options.

The Mærsk Developer is a DSS-21 column-stabilized dynamically positioned semi-submersible rig, able to operate in water depths up to 10,000ft. It is currently operating offshore Mexico.

“We are very pleased to be headed back to Trinidad to build on the successful work Mærsk Developer previously performed for Shell there,” says Morten Kelstrup, COO of Maersk Drilling.

This is Maersk Drilling’s second rig contract in as many days. The Danish drilling contractor on Tuesday said it had won a one-well contract for the ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Interceptor with MOL Norge. The contract is scheduled to begin in August 2020.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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