Maersk Drilling has won a £488million contract with BP for a deep water rig.
The firm, part of the Danish shipping and oil group AP Moller-Maersk, said the semi-submersible rig Maersk Discoverer would initially work offshore Egypt under the four-year deal.
The contract also includes an option for one year and is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2012.
“We are very pleased to enter into this contract with BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies,” said Claus V. Hemmingsen, chief executive of Maersk Drilling.
“This is a good opportunity to demonstrate our skills within deepwater drilling and we hope it can pave the way for strengthening our position as a reliable contractor for BP within the deepwater segment.”
Delivered in 2009, the Maersk Discoverer is the second in a series of three ultra deepwater development semi-submersibles in Maersk Drilling’s fleet. Since its delivery the rig has been employed in Australia.