LYNGBY, Denmark – Sarawak Shell/Sabah Shell (SSB/SSPC) have executed two options on a contract for the 7th generation drillship Maersk Viking offshore Malaysia.
The first option, to be novated to TotalEnergies EP Malaysia, concerns drilling one deepwater well for the Tepat project offshore Sabah. The second option will be novated to Petronas Carigali for drilling a deepwater well for the Layang-Layang development, also offshore Sabah.
Estimated duration of the extensions is 120 days, with the program set to get under way in July 2022, in direct continuation of the rig’s current work scope with SSB/SSPC.
Total value of the extensions to Maersk Drilling is around $32 million, including fees for managed pressure drilling. The contract carries three further one-well options with Shell Malaysia.
Maersk Drilling COO Morten Kelstrup said the arrangement would drive efficiency and reduce waste for all parties.
The Maersk Viking, an ultra-deepwater drillship delivered in 2013, is currently mobilizing for the contract in Malaysia after recently completing a drilling campaign offshore Gabon.