Maersk Voyager drillship

Maersk drillship to restart Total operations after suspension

A Maersk Drilling-owned drillship is expected to restart operations in Africa for French oil major Total following a suspension of the contract, which started at the end of April.

Maersk Voyager drillship; Source: Maersk Drilling

According to Maersk Drilling’s latest fleet status report, Total suspended its contract for the Maersk Voyager drillship with effect from 29 April 2020.

The rig owner will receive a suspension rate during this period and restart of the contract is expected in late-August 2020.

The rig has two one-well options for work in Angola and Namibia.

The day rate is $193,000 and it includes a mobilisation fee.

Total selected the Maersk Voyager drillship to drill at a world record water depth in Angola-Namibia campaign in January 2020.

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The contract award was for two wells offshore Angola in Blocks 32 and 48, plus one well offshore Namibia. The campaign has an estimated duration of 240 days.

The total value of the firm contracts is approximately $46.3m, including a mobilization fee. The contracts include two additional one-well options.

Maersk Voyager is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship which was delivered in 2014.

It has recently performed its scheduled Special Periodic Survey in Walvis Bay, Namibia, after completing campaigns in Ghana and Equatorial Guinea in 2019.