Shelf Drilling’s Scepter, Dolphin’s Blackford, Join the Nigerian Drilling Surge

Shelf Drilling’s new two-year contract for the jack up Scepter offshore Nigeria is the latest in the growing list of drilling contracts targeted at drilling in Nigeria, where a surge in rig count has reached 30% between February and March 2023.

Scepter is expected to spud the first well in the contract in May 2023. It’s not clear how many wells it will drill, but it must be a multi-well campaign to have a contract value of  $118Million for the firm period, including mobilization revenue. The contract includes a one-year option, Shelf drilling says.

Scepter will join the Blackford Dolphin, a platform rig which is currently drilling in the Oyo field complex on Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 120 and 121 for the Nigerian indigenous company General Hydrocarbons Limited (GHL).

These rigs are the latest data in the rig count, which surged by 30% from February to March 2023.

Dolphin Drilling, owners of Blackford Dolphin, even signed a new contract for the rig after it arrived in Nigeria. The new deal, with Peak Petroleum  is in direct continuation of the previously announced 12-month contract with GHL.

This story was initially published in the February 2023 edition of Africa Oil+Gas Report


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