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Noble Energy pushes back plans for Colombia well, Maersk Drilling retains exclusive option

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Noble Energy has taken a decision not to go forward with its planned one-well campaign offshore Colombia this year.

Maersk Drilling said in its fleet status report on Friday that it has agreed with Noble Energy to amend the previously announced contract for the drilling of the well this year. The company had been awarded a contract for the 7th generation drillship Maersk Valiant, to spud the well.

“The well will not be drilled in 2020, and Maersk Drilling will receive compensation in the form of a deferral fee and also retains an exclusive option with Noble Energy to drill the well in 2021, should the operator decide to drill it,” Maersk Drilling said.

Noble Energy operates the Colombia-3 and Guajira Offshore-3 deepwater blocks offshore Colombia, totaling 2.2 million acres, with a 40 percent working interest. These exploration blocks are located in the Caribbean Sea, off Barranquilla and Santa Marta’s shores.

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