John Fredriksen’s Seadrill has been awarded a contract by Equinor for 2008-built semi-submersible rig West Hercules to perform exploration drilling in the Barent Sea.
The contract, part of a framework agreement between the two companies, commences in the spring of 2019 and is for two wells, with options included for nine additional wells.
Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s senior vice president for Drilling & Well Services, commented: “We have already prepared a drilling programme for West Hercules, scheduled to start this autumn. We are now looking forward to continuing our cooperation with this rig. It can do regular exploration drilling, drilling in formations with high pressure and high temperature, it is winterized and can drill in deep waters. The rig is well suited for operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. By signing a framework agreement with Seadrill, we demonstrate that we want a long-term cooperation with this supplier.”
Earlier this week, Seadrill Partners was awarded a new drilling contract off Canada by ExxonMobil.