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February 7, 2020

Grupo R leases deepwater drilling rig to Shell

Oil and gas conglomerate Grupo R has announced that it has signed a contract with Royal Dutch Shell for the lease of the La Muralla IV platform to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Matthew Hall

Oil and gas conglomerate Grupo R has announced that it has signed a contract with Royal Dutch Shell for the lease of the La Muralla IV platform to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

The contract provides Shell with the drilling rig as well as a support team to drill three wells in deep water, beginning in the third quarter of 2020.

La Muralla IV is a sixth-generation semi-submersible drilling unit designed to operate at 10,000ft water depth in moderate environments such as the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and offshore Brazil.

The contract with Grupo R comes as part of Shell’s strategy to accelerate deep-sea exploration in its Mexican operations.

Shell Mexico Upstream Director Pablo Tejera Cuesta said in a joint press release: “At Shell, we are committed to promoting the development of a modern, innovative and competitive energy sector for Mexico.

“With the hiring and promotion of Mexican companies with extensive experience and capacity for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, we favour the generation of quality jobs and help promote the development of the economy.”

Grupo R President Ramiro Garza said: “We are proud that Shell has chosen Grupo R to provide the leasing services of the La Muralla IV deepwater drilling rig.

“For our group, this contract is proof that we are a growing company with the ambition and the ability to become an international marine drilling company.”

Last week Grupo R signed a marine and logistics drilling contract with Mexican oil and gas company Hokchi Energy. That contract provides Hokchi Energy with Grupo R’s Canatell III self-elevating drilling rig.

Oil and gas conglomerate Grupo R has announced that it has signed a contract with Royal Dutch Shell for the lease of the La Muralla IV platform to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

The contract provides Shell with the drilling rig as well as a support team to drill three wells in deep water, beginning in the third quarter of 2020.

La Muralla IV is a sixth-generation semi-submersible drilling unit designed to operate at 10,000ft water depth in moderate environments such as the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and offshore Brazil.

The contract with Grupo R comes as part of Shell’s strategy to accelerate deep-sea exploration in its Mexican operations.

Shell Mexico Upstream Director Pablo Tejera Cuesta said in a joint press release: “At Shell, we are committed to promoting the development of a modern, innovative and competitive energy sector for Mexico.

“With the hiring and promotion of Mexican companies with extensive experience and capacity for the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, we favour the generation of quality jobs and help promote the development of the economy.”

Grupo R President Ramiro Garza said: “We are proud that Shell has chosen Grupo R to provide the leasing services of the La Muralla IV deepwater drilling rig.

“For our group, this contract is proof that we are a growing company with the ambition and the ability to become an international marine drilling company.”

Last week Grupo R signed a marine and logistics drilling contract with Mexican oil and gas company Hokchi Energy. That contract provides Hokchi Energy with Grupo R’s Canatell III self-elevating drilling rig.

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