Maersk Drilling secures Ghana and Philippines contracts

Copenhagen: Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract from eni Ghana for the employment of newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager.

The contract commences in July, and is for a period of 3.5 years with an additional one year option. The deal is valued at around $545m, and will see Maersk Voyager work on the Offshore Cape Three Points project offshore Ghana.

“We are very pleased to be chosen by eni and its partners Vitol and GNPC for this project offshore Ghana and we look forward to working together with the OCTP JV over the next 3.5 years. West Africa has been a strategic focus area for Maersk Drilling, since we embarked on our deepwater expansion, and with this contract we expand our presence in the promising West African deepwater market,” commented Claus V. Hemmingsen, ceo of Maersk Drilling.

Meanwhile Australian energy firm Otto Energy has said that the company, with new project partner Red Emperor Resources, have signed a letter of intent with Maersk Drilling to secure the used of drillship Maersk Venturer (built 2014) for its Hawkeye-1 exploration well located in deepwater Southern Palawan, offshore the Philippines.

Matthew Allen, Otto Energy ceo said: “Securing a drillship of the capacity of the Maersk Venturer for the drilling of Hawkeye-1 in Q3 2015 is a major event for Otto.”

The vessel is expected to commence drilling in the third quarter of 2015.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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