Maersk Drilling has been awarded a four year contract for the deep-water drillship Maersk Venturer by Tullow Ghana to work on the Jubilee and TEN fields offshore Ghana.
The contract, which was signed December 2017, is expected to commence in February 2018.
The Ten fields (Tweneboa, Enyenra, Ntomme fields), are 45km off Ghana. While the Jubilee field, is 20km east of Ten, came onstream in 2010
”It is our first contract with Tullow Ghana and it is a testament to our successful operational track record in Ghana. We are firmly committed to supporting Tullow Ghana’s business through safe and efficient drilling operations,” said Lars Ostergaard, chief commercial officer of Maersk Drilling.
Maersk Rigworld Ghana, Maersk Drilling’s joint venture with Rigworld International Services, will be providing local services in connection with the operation. The JV started in 2015 and will further expand its network of local suppliers over the course of the new contract.
“Local growth and local resource development are key elements in our business activities in Ghana. After more than 2.5 years of operation in Ghana with Maersk Voyager, Maersk Drilling now operates with over 50 per cent local staff and a wide network of local suppliers,” said Lars Østergaard.
“Maersk Drilling is a highly valuable partner for Rigworld, and we’re excited that they are expanding their footprint in Ghana with the new contract with Tullow Ghana,” said Kofi Abban, founder and CEO of Rigworld Group.
Tullow Oil only resumed drilling offshore Ghana after a maritime border dispute with Ivory Coast had halted expansion of the fields for two years. In September last year The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea rejected Ivory Coast’s claims.