COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Maersk Drilling’s third drillship, Maersk Venturer, which was delivered Sept. 25 from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea, has secured a short-term contract with Total.
Maersk Venturer will begin a one-well program offshore Malaysia with an estimated duration of 45 days with potential extension up to 40 days. The drilling program is expected to start in December following acceptance testing. The estimated revenue from the firm 45-day period is $17 million.
Maersk Venturer is the third in a series of four ultra-deepwater drillships to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four drillships represent a total investment of $2.6 billion and will be delivered from the SHI shipyard in 2014.