RIO DE JANEIRO --Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. has entered agreements with Sete Brasil, Queiroz Galvão, Petroserv, Odebrecht, Odfjell, and Seadrill for charter and operation of 12 drilling rigs to be constructed in Brazil. After construction, the rigs will be chartered by Petrobras for 15 years.
These 12 rigs are part of a package of 21 platforms negotiated by Petrobras with Sete Brasil. Of the six semisubmersible rigs to be built by Estaleiro BrasFELS in Angra dos Reis, three will be operated by Queiroz Galvão, two by Petroserv and one by Odebrecht.
The other six will be of the drilling vessel type and will be built by Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz. Three will be operated by Odfjell and the other three by Seadrill.
The 12 units will be delivered by the end of 2016 and for the most part will be used to drill in the presalt areas of the Santos basin. They can operate in water depths of up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft) with a drilling capacity of up to 10,000 m (32,808 ft).