Equinor has awarded  Odfjell a drilling contract to its Deepsea Stavanger rig, to start drilling in the North Sea in February 2022, according to Equinor’s press release.

The contract is estimated at about $40 million for the fixed part of the contract. Drilling services and other additional services, such as running casing, treatment of wastewater, handling of cuttings, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and fuel, are included in the contract.

Erik G. Kirkemo, Senior Vice President of Drilling & Well Operations, stated “this rig is a sister rig to the other two Odfjell rigs; Deepsea Atlantic, which has drilled for us for many years, and Deepsea Aberdeen, which will drill on the Breidablikk field. We expect to gain experience across the three rigs, helping us reach our goals of ever safer and more efficient operations.”

Plans call for drilling three exploration wells in the North Sea, estimated to take around four months. The operating rate is at the same level as the other two rigs.

Mette Ottøy, Chief Procurement Officer, said “Having had an excellent cooperation with Odfjell over time, we are now further strengthening this cooperation by adding one more rig. Even though we are bringing in this rig on a short-term commitment, our objective is to achieve a more long-term programme, also for this Odfjell rig.”