Songa Offshore has secured a contract with Gazflot for the use of Songa Mercur, a semi-submersible drilling platform.

Gazflot will use the Songa Mercur for its upcoming drill campaign offshore Sakhalin Island, in the North Pacific, over the next few months.

The rig is now scheduled to depart from Singapore in May 2011 after the completion of BOP rebuild work followed by a testing and verification period.

The firm contract is set to 180 days including mobilisation from and de-mobilisation back to Singapore and is expected to generate $46m in revenue.