Petrobras terminates drilling contract with Diamond Offshore

Petrobras terminates drilling contract with Diamond Offshore

Brazil’s Petrobras has terminated its contract for Diamond Offshore’s semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean Valor two years early and the owner says legal proceedings could follow.

“The company does not believe that Petrobras had a valid or lawful basis for terminating the contract, and the company intends to defend the rights of its subsidiary under the contract,” NYSE-listed Diamond Offshore said in a filing to the US SEC today.

The drilling contract was extended in 2014 and had been scheduled to terminate in October 2018.

The rig had been earning $455,000 per day during the extension period.

 

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