Maersk Drilling has secured a four-year contract from Tullow Ghana for the deepwater drillship Maersk Venturer.

Expected to start next month, the contract covers development drilling on the Jubilee and TEN fields offshore Ghana.

Under the contract, Maersk Rigworld Ghana will provide local services associated with the operation.

Maersk Rigworld Ghana is a joint venture (JV) between Maersk Drilling and Rigworld International Services. It intends to further expand its network of local suppliers over the course of the new contract.

Maersk Drilling chief commercial officer Lars Ostergaard said: “I am very pleased that Maersk Drilling will be mobilising another deepwater rig for this significant job in a strategically important region.

“Maersk Drilling will be mobilising another deepwater rig for this significant job in a strategically important region.”

“It is our first contract with Tullow Ghana and it is a testament to our successful operational track record in Ghana.”

The company expects the contract will assist in strengthening its footprint in the region.

Rigworld Group founder and CEO Kofi Abban said: “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.

“The contract marks yet another step in a successful collaboration that enables us to utilise each other’s capabilities and add mutual value.”

Maersk Drilling’s fleet comprises 24 drilling rigs, including drillships, deepwater semi-submersibles, and high-end jack-up rigs.