Statoil said its Brazilian unit has awarded Seadrill rig contracts for exploration drilling in the BM-S-8 license in the Santos basin.
The agreement includes two contracts: Seadrill Offshore AS will provide the drillship West Saturn and Seadrill Serviços de Petroleo Limitada will provide services on board for Brasil Oleo e Gas Ltda, Statoil said in a statement.
The fixed contract scope includes one exploration well and one drill stem test, which are part of the license commitments of the exploration phase. The BM-S-8 license contains parts of the Carcará pre-salt oil discovery, the company said.
The West Saturn is a 6th generation ultra-deepwater drillship, built in 2014 and equipped to drill in water depths of up to 12,000 feet (3600 metres). Commencement date for the contracts is planned between 1 December 2017 and 1 March 2018. Under the contract, Statoil intends to drill the independent Guanxuma prospect.
“Clearly it is not a given that we find what we hope for, but if we are successful Guanxuma could be another significant discovery in this highly prolific basin,” said Ana Serrano Onate, vice president for exploration in Brazil.
Following the Guanxuma well, Statoil said it plans to perform a drill stem test on the Carcará discovery.