UK-based Ensco Australia has secured a charter contract to provide a drill rig for Enri’s Heron-3 drilling campaign in NT/P68 in the Bonaparte Basin, offshore Northern Territory, Australia.

The jack-up drilling rig Ensco 109 and associated services will be supplied to the drilling campaign in 2012 for a 70-day period.

Heron-3 is the first of a two-well farm-in by Eni Australia under which Eni will earn a 50% interest in the Heron gas discovery and the surrounding area by funding the drilling of Heron-3 and Heron-4.