Odfjell Drilling semi-sub awarded contract in South Africa by Total

Norway’s Odfjell Drilling has sealed a firm drilling contract with Total for drilling offshore South Africa utilising 2010-built semi-submersible Deepsea Stavanger.

The contract is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2020 and drilling is expected to take around 180 to 280 days. The value is estimated at between $145m and $190m including mobilisation and demobilisation.
Simen Lieungh, CEO of Odfjell Drilling, commented: “Following Total’s recent successful campaign with Deepsea Stavanger in South Africa on the Brulpadda well, which ended in February 2019, we are very pleased to continue the collaboration with Total for the next phase of the project on Block 11B/12B. We believe it is of great benefit to Odfjell Drilling and Total to be able to utilize the same drilling unit for the next wells in order to build on the experience from the previous exploration drilling campaign in this operationally challenging harsh environment high-current area.”

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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