BP takes Maersk Drilling for three-well campaign offshore Trinidad

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Maersk Drilling has secured a three-well contract for the semi-submersible rig Maersk Discoverer with BP for development drilling at the Matapal project offshore Trinidad and Tobago.

Maersk said Monday the contract has an estimated duration of 322 days and is expected to commence in July 2020. The value of the firm contract is approximately US$78 million including a mobilisation fee. The contract contains an additional one-well option.

“It is obviously exciting for us to see Maersk Discoverer go to Trinidad for BP, for whom the rig has performed successful operations offshore Egypt for the last six years, including the shallowest water well ever drilled in dynamic positioning mode for both BP and Maersk Drilling which delivered significant cost savings to the customer. We are very pleased that BP is recognising Maersk Discoverer’s qualities by re-signing the rig for this new campaign,” COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling said.

The Maersk Discoverer is a DSS-21 column-stabilised dynamically positioned semi-submersible drilling rig, able to operate in water depths up to 10,000 ft. It is currently operating offshore Egypt.

The Matapal project was sanctioned by BP in December 2018. It is expected to develop the gas resources discovered by BPTT in 2017 with the Savannah exploration well. The project will be a three-well subsea tie-back to the existing Juniper platform.

First gas from Matapal is expected in 2022.