Northern Offshore has secured a contract from CNOOC Palung Aru for its Energy Searcher rig to be used to drill a well offshore Indonesia.

The rig was contracted for 60-90 days, including travel time to and from Singapore.

Work under the contract, which is worth $25m, is expected to begin next month.

Northern Offshore president and CEO Gary Casswell said the company remains optimistic about increasing activity in the region and is ready to get the rig back to work following a major refurbishment.