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Total awards pair of Suriname floater contracts to Maersk Drilling

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Maersk Drilling has been awarded contracts for its deepwater floaters Maersk Valiant and Maersk Developer for Total’s exploration and appraisal project in Suriname’s Block 58.

Both rigs will be employed for an estimated combined total duration of 500 days. Maersk Developer is expected to commence operations in January 2021, while Maersk Valiant is expected to commence operations in March 2021. The total value of the firm contracts is approximately $100 million, including rig modifications, integrated services provided and a mobilization fee for the Maersk Valiant. The contracts include various extension options.

“We’re thrilled to firm up these contracts, adding further to our long-standing relationship with Total for whom we have a great track record from our collaboration on a number of deepwater exploration projects. We’re happy to add to our presence in the exciting Suriname-Guyana basin and will be able to leverage the fact that Maersk Developer is already operating offshore Suriname to quickly start up operations including provision of a range of integrated services to maximize efficiency,” said Maersk COO Morten Kelstrup.

Maersk Developer is a DSS-21 column-stabilized dynamically positioned semi-submersible rig, able to operate in water depths up to 10,000 ft. It was delivered in 2009 and is currently mobilizing for the Total campaign after recently completing a contract offshore Suriname.

Maersk Valiant is a high-specification 7th generation drillship with integrated Managed Pressure Drilling capability which was delivered in 2013. It is currently warm-stacked in Aruba after finishing a campaign offshore Mexico in June 2020.

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