ITALIAN company Saipem has secured four new drilling contracts for its jack-up drilling rig, Perro Negro 3, and semi-submersibles. The Perro Negro 3 has been hired by Harrington Dubai for a six-month campaign in the Persian Gulf, with an option for an additional 18 months. Scarabeo 4 has received an extension to its contract with International Egyptian Oil Company (IEOC) that began in 2007 and which will now keep the rig working in the Egyptian part of the Mediterranean Sea until June 2013.
Scarabeo 3 has two contract wins, both for West Africa, where it will continue working for Addax Petroleum offshore Nigeria and for Total in Congolese waters for a total of nine months. Optional wells could lead to contract extensions.