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USA: Statoil Extends Maersk Developer Contract for GoM Work

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Norway’s oil and gas exploration and production compayn, Statoil, has declared the option included in the 4-year firm contract for the ultra deepwater semi-submersible Maersk Developer rig.

Under the contract, the rig, owned by Denmark’s Maersk Drilling, will continue to work for Statoil in the US Gulf of Mexico. The duration of the option is two years with start scheduled for 4 November 2013 when the firm contract runs out. The contract value for the option period is approximately USD 370 million.

“We are very pleased to continue our cooperation with Statoil, one of our key clients, for this highly advanced deepwater rig,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling.

“Having secured contracts for all our deepwater semisubmersibles until mid 2014 is a milestone in Maersk Drilling’s ambition of becoming a leading provider of highly advanced ultra deepwater rigs.”

Delivered in 2009, Maersk Developer is the first in a series of three state-of-the-art ultra deepwater development semi-submersibles in Maersk Drilling’s fleet. Since its delivery the rig has been employed in the US Gulf of Mexico.

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Australia: Saipem Lands Ichthys LNG Work

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Saipem has signed an EPCI contract with INPEX for the Gas Export Pipeline (GEP) on the Ichthys LNG Project in Australia.

Saipem’s scope of work will include the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation of 889 kilometres of a 42-inch-diameter subsea pipeline, in water depths of up to 275 metres, connecting the offshore central processing facility to the onshore processing facility in Darwin.

Offshore activities will be carried out during 2014 by the newly-built Castorone pipelay vessel. The recently upgraded Semac 1 pipelay barge will be employed for the shallow water section.

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX (76%, the Operator) and Total (24%). Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin, approximately 200 kilometres offshore of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889 kilometres subsea pipeline. The Ichthys Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

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Polarcus Nadia Set for West Africa Work

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UAE based company specializing in high-end towed streamer data acquisition, Polarcus Limited, has signed a Letter of Intent with an undisclosed client for a 3D seismic acquisition project offshore West Africa.

The project, to be acquired by ULSTEIN SX124 design vessel, Polarcus Nadia, will start this month and is expected to run for approximately 30 days.

Delivered in 2009 Polarcus Nadia is an ultra-modern 12 streamer 3D/4D seismic vessel. Built to the ULSTEIN SX124 design and incorporating the innovative ULSTEIN X-BOW® hull, this vessel combines the latest developments in maritime  systems with the most advanced seismic technology commercially available. The vessel is also amongst the most environmentally sound seismic vessels in the market with diesel-electric propulsion, high specification catalytic convertors, double hull, and advanced bilge water cleaning system. This vessel complies with the stringent DNV CLEAN DESIGN notation.

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