Shell Brasil leases Maersk Developer to explore BC-10 field

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Maersk Drilling said it has secured a contract from Shell Brasil for the provisioning of the semi-submersible rig Mærsk Developer in the Campos basin offshore Brazil.

The contract is expected to commence in March 2023, in direct continuation of the rig’s current contract, with an estimated duration of 90 days. During the period, the rig will be used to drill one exploration well and perform subsea well interventions at the BC-10 field

The contract value is approximately US$37 million and includes a mobilisation fee.

“We’re delighted to confirm that Mærsk Developer will continue working in Brazil after it earlier this year became the first Maersk Drilling rig to commence operations in the region for many years,” says Chief Operating Officer Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling. “With this campaign, we will be able to add to our strong relationship with Shell, which is now extended to the exciting Brazilian market.”

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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 Brazil for Karoon Energy Ltd.

Maersk Drilling is expected to merge with Noble Corps. A United Kingdom regulator approved the proposed combination several weeks ago. The merged company will own and operate a modern, high-end fleet of floaters and jack-up rigs across benign and harsh environments, serving customers in the most attractive offshore oil and gas basins.


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