Maersk Drilling, Shell extend contract for drillship

Maersk Drilling secures six-month extension for drillship with Shell

Shell has extended the provisioning of the 7th generation drillship Maersk Voyager for drilling services offshore from Mexico.

The Maersk Voyager is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship currently mobilising for a drilling campaign offshore Suriname with Shell.

The contract extension is expected to commence in April 2023, in direct continuation of the rig’s current contract, with a firm duration of six months.

The value of the extension is approximately $77 million. The parties have further amended the options included in the contract to contain options to add up to 18 months of additional drilling work.

Maersk Drilling and Shell have further agreed to implement the RigFlow solution by Horizon56 – Maersk Drilling’s subsidiary – for the drilling campaign offshore Mexico.

According to Maersk’s latest statement, the RigFlow solution supports a strong operational performance by standardising and digitalising the core workflows involved in well construction, including real-time exchange of information between onshore planning units, the offshore drilling teams, and the service companies supporting the operations.

Most recently, Maersk opened a brand-new warehouse in Bhiwandi, India in cooperation with tyre manufacturer JK Tyre & Industries Ltd.

The facility on the outskirts of Mumbai will be the company’s fifth warehouse inaugurated this year in India, taking Maersk’s total footprint to over 2.1 million square feet (195,000 square metres) – including the warehouses from the recently completed acquisition of LF Logistics.

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