Songa offshore drilling rigs in demand

Offshore staff

LIMASSOL, Cyprus – Songa Drilling’s fleet is fully occupied on programs in the Far East, North Sea, and West Africa, according to the company’s latest update.

Songa Venus, which had been warm stacked in Labuan, Malaysia, is undergoing basic maintenance and operational preparedness for a one-year contract with Petronas off Malaysia, due to start mid-August.

In late June, Songa Mercur arrived on location at Sakhalin, eastern Russia and began drilling operations for Gazflot LLC. During July the rig achieved an operating efficiency of 86%, according to the report.

In the Norwegian sector, Songa Dee continues to operate for Marathon/Lundin, while Songa Delta is under contract to Wintershall/Det Norske Oljeselskap.

Songa Trym is on a long-term with Statoil in Norway, and following a recent letter of award is set for a further three-year stint subsequent to completion of the current contract in mid-2012.

Songa Eclipse, under construction and commissioning by Jurong Shipyard in Singapore, has completed sea trials. It is currently in the final stages of punch list closure from the yard prior to formal rig acceptance, due some time this month.

In parallel, it is undergoing an upgrade and client operational preparedness work for an upcoming contract in West Africa. It should mobilize to Angola early in September.


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