Danish rig operator Maersk Drilling has been awarded a US$545mn contract by Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd to use its new drillship Maersk Voyager for offshore exploration
According to the contract, Eni Ghana can utilise the drillshop for three-and-a-half years, with an option to extend it by a year. The contract also includes mobilisation and escalation.
Claus V Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling, said, “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 three-and-a-half 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.”
The Maersk Voyager features dual derrick and large subsea work and storage areas, which allows for efficient well construction and field development activities through offline activities. With an advanced positioning control system, the ships automatically maintain a fixed position in severe weather conditions with waves of up to 11 metres and wind speeds of up to 26 metres per second.
The ship is also equipped to ensure safety of crew onboard. Equipped with Multi Machine Control on the drill floor, the high degree of automation ensures safe operation and consistent performance. Higher speeds of transit and increased capacity is also expected to reduce overall logistics costs for oil companies.
Maersk Voyager will work on the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Project offshore Ghana from July 2015, confirmed officials from Maersk Drilling. The ship is the last in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships in Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet. It was delivered on 6 February 2015 from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si in South Korea. The four drillships represent a total investment of US$2.6bn.