Maersk Drilling has been awarded a five-year contract extension for the Heydar Aliyev semisubmersible with BP Exploration, operator of the Shah Deniz field. The rig will continue working on the development of the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan. The extension is in direct continuation of the current contract ending May 2016 and extends the contract until May 2021. The estimated value of the contract extension is about $523 million.
“We are very pleased with the extension for the Heydar Aliyev rig and look forward to continue our long standing cooperation with BP,” Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Maersk Group’s Executive Board said. “With this contract, we continue to build our contract backlog, providing further revenue visibility. It is very encouraging that we continue to build backlog in this very challenging market.”
The Heydar Aliyev, formerly known as Maersk Explorer, was delivered in 2003 and is designed for year-round operations at water depths from 147 ft (40 m) to 3,280 ft (147 m).