Offshore driller Ensco has contracted its ultra-deepwater drillship Ensco DS-7 with Noble Energy to drill two wells and complete four production wells at the Leviathan field in the Mediterranean Sea.
This contract is scheduled to commence in March 2018 and be completed by December 2018. Four one-well options are available to Noble Energy, which if fully exercised could see the drillship operating through to 2020.
Carl Trowell, CEO and president of Ensco, commented: “We are pleased to announce another significant contract award for one of our high-specification assets – our fourth drillship contract awarded during the third quarter. This award and our other recent contract wins validate our strategy, increase contracted revenue backlog and advance our efforts to drive growth and value creation for all Ensco shareholders.
“Our recent contract awards underscore that there is strong customer demand for the type of high-specification assets that will be added to Ensco’s fleet through our pending acquisition of Atwood, which will create a leading global offshore drilling company and better position us as the market recovery cycle unfolds.”
Prior to its commencement of the contract, the Ensco DS-7 will be upgraded with a second blowout preventer.