Atwood Oceanics has secured two contracts from Apache Energy to use deepwater drilling rigs Atwood Eagle and Atwood Falcon for drilling operations in Australia.

Under the contract, Atwood Eagle will be employed for 18 months and is expected to begin its contract in July 2012.

Atwood Falcon was hired for 30 months and will undergo approximately 90 days of planned maintenance and contract preparation work before beginning operations in May next year.

The firm’s contractual commitments for Atwood Eagle will be extended to January 2014 and for Atwood Falcon to November 2014.