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New US$100 million contract for semi-submersible rig Hercules

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SFL Corporation Ltd has announced that it has signed a drilling contract in Canada with a subsidiary of Equinor ASA for the harsh environment semi-submersible rig Hercules. The estimated contract value is approximately US$100 million.

The contract is for one well plus one optional well, and is expected to commence in the 2Q24. The duration for the firm contract period is approximately 200 days including transit to and from Canada. Odfjell Drilling will manage the rig on behalf of SFL under the contract.

Hercules is currently drilling for ExxonMobil in Canada before it will transit to Namibia for a contract with Galp Energia expected to commence in the 4Q23.

Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, said in a comment: “We are pleased to sign the third contract for the Hercules since we took redelivery of the rig at the end of 2022 with yet another blue-chip operator. With this contract, SFL has now approximately US$200 million of revenue backlog on Hercules and secured undisrupted employment for the rig until the 4Q24. This contract together with other recent contract rewards in the industry illustrates that the market for advanced harsh environment semi submersibles is firming and expected to remain strong for a prolonged period.”

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