Danish rig operator Maersk Drilling has won a deepwater drilling contract from Aker Energy to deploy its ultra-deepwater drillship Maersk Viking at the Pecan-4A appraisal well, offshore Ghana.

On behalf of the license partners and as the operator of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block offshore Ghana, Aker Energy signed the contract with Maersk Drilling.

The scope of the deepwater drilling contract consists of one firm well with an expected duration of 30-35 days and has options for an additional two wells.

Maersk Drilling CCIO Morten Kelstrup said: “Maersk Drilling is very pleased to support Aker Energy and its license partners, building upon our operational track record in Ghana and our strong relationship with the Aker Group.

“The contract for Maersk Viking marks our third rig operating in Ghana. We have a strong commitment to local job creation and competency development and our new joint venture with Prime Meridian Docks, PMD Viking Ghana, will be providing local services in connection with this operation.”

"This will provide valuable and important input in optimising the plan of development for the field and in understanding the wider potential of the block."

Maersk Viking will conduct the drilling at a water depth of 2,674m in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block.

The drilling is likely to commence during the fourth quarter of 2018. Maersk Viking is currently warm-stacked at the Gulf of Mexico.

Aker Energy CEO Jan Arve Haugan said: “We are pleased to achieve this key milestone that will enable us to commence drilling of the important Pecan-4A appraisal well.

“The main objective of the well is to test the extension of the Pecan Field. This will provide valuable and important input in optimising the plan of development for the field and in understanding the wider potential of the block.”

Aker Energy has also signed other contracts for the drilling of the appraisal well. These contracts were awarded to Halliburton Ghana for drilling support and well services, Exceed Well Management Ghana for well design and management.