Maersk Drilling has signed a one-well contract for the semi-submersible rig Maersk Deliverer with Eni JDPA 11-106 for exploration drilling in the JPDA 11-106 contract area in the Timor Sea.

Expected to begin in March next year, the contract is estimated to last for two months. It also contains an option for an additional well with an expected duration of another two months.

Built in 2009, Maersk Deliverer can drill at water depths of 3,000m. The rig is currently warm-stacked in Labuan, Malaysia, and is scheduled to be mobilised in the Timor Sea early next year.

Maersk Drilling intends to employ personnel from the nearby area, as well as goods and services from local suppliers to complete the drilling project.

JPDA 11-106 contract area of the joint petroleum development area (JPDA) is jointly administered by Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

“Maersk Deliverer can drill at water depths of 3,000m.”

ENI JPDA 11-106 (operator) and INPEX Offshore Timor-Leste are joint venture (JV) partners.

Maersk Drilling CCIO Morten Kelstrup said: “We are very pleased to contribute to Eni’s exploration programme. This is a great opportunity for Mærsk Deliverer.”

Last month, Maersk Drilling signed similar drilling contracts with Aker Energy and Aker BP.

Under the contract with Aker Energy, Maersk Drilling will send its Maersk Viking deepwater drillship from the Gulf of Mexico for drilling the Pecan-4A appraisal well in offshore Ghana.

The project’s expected duration is 30-35 days, with options for additional wells. Operations are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

The one-year contract with Aker BP will see the deployment of Maersk Drilling’s Integrator rig on the Norwegian Continental Shelf from June next year.