French energy giant Total has confirmed the award to Maersk Drilling of contracts worth $100 million for its exploration and appraisal campaign in Suriname’s Block 58.
The Maersk Developer and Maersk Valiant rigs will be chartered for about 500 days in total.
Maersk Developer is expected to commence operations in January 2021, while Maersk Valiant is to start in March 2021.
The two companies signed a conditional letter of award in November.
Maersk Drilling chief operating officer Morten Kelstrup said: “We’re thrilled to firm up these contracts, adding further to our long-standing relationship with Total for whom we have a great track record from our collaboration on a number of deepwater exploration projects.
“We’re happy to add to our presence in the exciting Suriname-Guyana basin and will be able to leverage the fact that Maersk Developer is already operating offshore Suriname to quickly start up operations including provision of a range of integrated services to maximise efficiency.”