Report: Ensco finds work for jack-up rig

The UK-based offshore driller Ensco has reportedly found work for one of its jack-up drilling rigs for a three-month period.

Data from VesselsValue shows that the company’s Ensco 87 jack-up rig was chartered on February 1 by an undisclosed client.

The site did not reveal any data regarding the dayrate for the rig, but it did say that the work on the contract would begin on February 28 and end on May 27.

Classified by ABS, the rig had previously worked for Talos. The contract expired in mid-December 2016, and Ensco them warm stacked the Ensco 87, along with Ensco 8503 and Ensco 68 rigs to maintain availability in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region.

Current AIS data for the Ensco 87,  provided by MarineTraffic shows that the rig is currently located in the Gulf of Mexico, some 90 miles southeast of Freeport, Texas.

Ensco 87 was built by Marathon LeTourneau in 1982. It is a self-elevated MODU jack-up rig upgraded in 2006. It can accommodate 75 people and can operate in depths of up to 350 feet.

Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Ensco, seeking more details about the reported new contract.


Offshore Energy Today Staff

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