Total has picked Maersk Drilling to supply two rigs for an exploration and appraisal project off Suriname as part of a deal worth around $100 million.
The campaign involving the Maersk Developer and Maersk Valiant units is expected to commence in early 2021 and last 500 days.
Maersk Drilling said it had signed a conditional letter of award with Total and would provide an update upon conclusion of a formal contract.
Morten Kelstrup, chief operating officer of Maersk Drilling, said: “We’re delighted to get this opportunity to add further to our long-standing relationship with Total through a two-rig contract, building on our previous collaboration on deepwater exploration projects and on Maersk Drilling’s recent experience with starting up operations in Suriname for Mærsk Developer.”
Mærsk Developer is a DSS-21 column-stabilised dynamically positioned semi-submersible rig, able to operate in water depths up to 10,000 ft.
It was delivered in 2009 and is currently operating offshore Suriname.
Maersk Valiant is a high-specification 7th generation drillship with integrated MPD capability which was delivered in 2013.
It is currently warm-stacked in Aruba after finishing a campaign in Mexico earlier this year.