Maersk’s drillship departs Mexico for Ghana

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Aker Energy and Maersk Drilling have struck a deal agreed to move Maersk Viking, a deepwater drillship from the Gulf of Mexico to Ghana to start drilling an appraisal well known as the “Pecan-4A” appraisal well offshore Ghana fourth-quarter this 2018. The contract covers one firm well with an expected duration of 30-35 days, with options for additional wells.

“Maersk Drilling is very pleased to support Aker Energy and its license partners, building upon our operational track record in Ghana and our strong relationship with the Aker Group. The contract for Maersk Viking marks our third rig operating in Ghana. We have a strong commitment to local job creation and competency development and our new joint venture with Prime Meridian Docks, PMD Viking Ghana, will be providing local services in connection with this operation,” Morten Kelstrup, CCIO of Maersk Drilling was reported to have said.

Maersk Viking, which was built in 2014 with state-of-the-art facilities and systems, will perform the drilling at an ultra-deepwater depth of 2,674 meters in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block.

Jan Arve Haugan, CEO of Aker Energy was also quoted to have said: “We are pleased to achieve this key milestone that will enable us to commence drilling of the important Pecan-4A appraisal well. The main objective of the well will be to test the extension of the Pecan field. This will give valuable and important input when optimizing the Plan of Development for the field and in understanding the wider appraisal potential of the block,”

Aker Energy was reported to have given out the contract on behalf of a license group and as the Operator of the DWT/CTP Block with a 50% participating interest. Aker Energy is in partnership with Russia’s Lukoil (38%), Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (10%) and Fueltrade (2%).

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