Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract from Eni Ghana Exploration and Production, an Eni subsidiary, for employment of the newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager. The firm contract period is 3.5 years with an option to extend by one year. The total estimated revenue from the firm contract is $545 million, including mobilization and escalations. The Maersk Voyager will work on the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Project offshore Ghana, with expected commencement in July 2015.
“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 3.5 years,” Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board of the Maersk Group, said. “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 is the last in a series of four ultra-deepwater drillships being added to Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet. The rig was delivered on 6 February 2015 from the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje-Si in South Korea. The four drillships represent a total investment of $2.6 billion.