Drilling unit set for offshore West Africa

Drilling_West_AfricaGreece, Ocean Rig, drilling unit, Ophir Energy, West Africa, Equatorial GuineaGreek rig company, Ocean Rig, has contributed one of its drilling units to Ophir Energy for a three-well programme off West Africa

Financial details of the deal, which will see the semi-submersible Eirik Raude stationed off Equatorial Guinea, have not been released.

Ophir is taking the drilling rig for around 60 days beginning in April to drill the three firm wells on Block R with an option for one more, the company revealed. The first well will be near the Fortuna gas discovery with the second the Tonel-1 and the third Silenus East-1.

Ocean Rig announced in October 2011 that a UK independent and a US counterpart had signed on for the drilling of three wells with the Eirik Raude off West Africa in deals worth a combined US$96mn.

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