Songa Offshore has secured a letter of award from major oil operating companies in West Africa for its new ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig Songa Eclipse.

The $268m contract, which is subject to partner and relevant government approval, has an 18 month plus one well firm term following the delivery of the rig from Jurong Shipyard.

The agreement also includes three one-year options at escalating day rates, exercisable at the operator’s discretion.