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Aker BP: rig contract to Odfjell Drilling

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Aker BP ASA has awarded an agreement to Odfjell Drilling for the lease of the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepsea Stavanger for a period of approximately 9 months, with commencement in February 2018.

The contract is for exploration and development drilling at various locations in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The contract value is estimated up to US$68 million.

Deepsea Stavanger is owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling, and was delivered in 2010.

Deepsea Stavanger is a sixth generation deepwater and harsh environment semi-submersible. This unit, along with its sister rig Deepsea Atlantic and Deepsea Aberdeen, is a state-of-the-art dual derrick, dynamic-positioned unit of enhanced GVA 7500 design .

The unit is designed for operations in harsh environments and at water depths of up to 3000 m. It is equipped with a full conventional mooring spread for operations in water depths of 70 to 500 m. The 7500 mt loading capacity in all operating conditions ensures efficiency, with a reduced need for supply. Additionally, full winterisation may be provided for improved working conditions in an arctic environment.

The rig has a state-of-the-art, highly efficient drilling system, which includes a dual derrick with a main and an auxiliary work centre to facilitate a number of simultaneous operations. The drilling system has dual active heave compensating drawworks for increased performance, efficiency, safety and redundancy. The rig is designed for worldwide operation and will be especially suitable for development drilling. The rig meets the latest regulatory requirements of Norwegian NMD & PSA/UK HSE & NORSOK.

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