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Denmark-based offshore drilling contractor Maersk Drilling has secured a contract from Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) to drill one deepwater exploration well.

The contract represents the deployment of Maersk’s seventh-generation drillship Maersk Viking at Brunei Shell Petroleum’s drilling campaign offshore Brunei Darussalam.

BSP is a joint venture (JV) between the Government of Brunei and oil major Shell.

The contract is valued at around $9m, including mobilisation fee and other services provided.

Delivered in 2013, Maersk Viking is an ultra-deepwater drillship designed to accommodate 230 personnel. The drillship’s design and capacities include features for ‘high efficiency’ operation.

Maersk Drilling COO Morten Kelstrup said: “We’re happy to get this opportunity to add further to our great relationship with BSP. Our jack-up rig Maersk Convincer has been operating offshore Brunei Darussalam for several years now, and our performance has been recognised by Shell as Jack-up of the Year in both 2018 and 2019.

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“I’m certain that Maersk Viking with its high-spec capabilities in combination with our fantastic crew will add even more value to our strong collaboration with BSP.”

The drilling-rig operator noted that the contract also includes an option for an additional one-well campaign.

Maersk Viking is presently ‘warm-stacked’ in the Malaysian state of Johor, after completing Bay of Bengal’s drilling programme earlier this year.

In October last year, Maersk secured a three-well contract from South Korean firm Posco to deploy Maersk Viking at POSCO’s three-well campaign offshore Myanmar.

In September, Maersk Drilling announced to cut the ‘intensity’ of carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from its drilling operations in half by 2030.