Seadrill gains $1.1bn rig order from Total Upstream


Bermuda-based offshore driller Seadrill has won a $1.1bn rig order from Total Upstream Nigeria for the new-build ultra-deep-water drillship, West Jupiter.

The contract has been awarded in support of the EGINA ultra-deep offshore project in Nigeria, and has a base performance period of five years while the total revenue is inclusive of mobilisation.

The latest contract brings Seadrill's total consolidated backlog to roughly $20bn.

"Seadrill takes pride in continuing to build its presence in the Nigerian oil and gas industry."

Seadrill CEO Per Wullf commented: "We are very pleased to have been chosen by Total and its partners for this important project."

"This contract provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with a key customer and strategically increase our rig fleet in Nigeria, adding the West Jupiter alongside the West Capella, which has been operating in the Usan field offshore Nigeria since 2008. Seadrill takes pride in continuing to build its presence in the Nigerian oil and gas industry."

West Jupiter is one of eight six-generation drillships; it is currently under construction and delivery is expected in August this year.

Work on the rig is being carried out at Samsung Heavy Industries' shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.

The rig is designed to work in up to 10,000ft of water, at water depths up to 12,000ft and drilling depths up to 37,500ft.