Sonadrill Holding Ltd), Seadrill’s 50:50 joint venture with Angola’s state oil firm Sonangol, has secured a ten-well contract with options for up to eight additional wells in Angola for the West Gemini drillship.
Total contract value for the firm portion of the contract is expected to be approximately $161Million (inclusive of mobilization revenue and additional services), with further meaningful revenue potential from a performance bonus.
Commencement is expected in Q4 2022 with a firm-term of approximately 18 months, in direct continuation of the West Gemini’s existing contract.
The West Gemini is the third drillship to be bareboat chartered into Sonadrill, along with two Sonangol-owned units, the Sonangol Quenguela and Sonangol Libongos.
Seadrill, the Norwegian drilling giant, will manage and operate the units on behalf of Sonadrill. The West Gemini is an ultra-deepwater drillship with an operational history offshore Africa.
“Together, the three units position the Seadrill joint venture as the premier rig operator in Angola, furthering the goal of building an ultra-deepwater franchise in the Golden Triangle and driving efficiencies from rig clustering in the region”, Seadrill says in a release.