Total eyeing drillship for Nigeria drilling

French oil major Total is on the lookout for a deepwater drillship for a 2020 drilling campaign in the OML 130 block offshore Nigeria.

Patrick Pouyanné CEO of Total (Left) during his recent visit to Nigeria
Patrick Pouyanné CEO of Total (Left) during his recent visit to Nigeria/ Image by Total

According to documents shared on the Nigerian Petroleum Exchange – NIPEX,  Total Upstream Nigeria Limited has invited interested offshore drilling contractors to apply for a consideration to tender for the supply of a drillship for OML 130 project offshore Nigeria.

According to the tender documentation, the drilling campaign is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2020. The initial contract duration would be for one year, with the possibility to extend by up to three periods of one year each.

Total is looking for a DP3 class, minimum 5th Generation Dual Derrick Drillship, with ability to drill both derricks and efficiently perform the full dual activity. The rig will be used to perform drilling, completion, workover and intervention operations OML130 block in water depths from 1100m – 1700m and drilling depth up to 6500m.

The drilling activity is scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2020.

Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne earlier this month paid a visit to Nigeria where he stressed the importance of the country to the French oil giant.

He said: “Nigeria is important to the Total  Group as the country now represents about 10% of the Group’s global production. Nigeria has a lot of prolific oil fields, and Total would gladly carry out exploration activities if the government grants the license… Total has done a lot in Nigeria and is ready to do more.”

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