Statoil cancels Discoverer Americas contract

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway Statoil has canceled the contract with Transocean for the drillship Discoverer Americas.

The drillship has been on contract with Statoil since 2009, supporting its exploration activities in East and North Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.

The company was unable to secure additional activity for the rig for the remainder of the contract period, ending in May 2016.

Tore Aarreberg, head of rig procurement, said: “Discoverer Americas has been a very good performer for Statoil, contributing to test deepwater and ultra-deepwater prospectivity in Tanzania, Egypt, and the Gulf of Mexico and appraising the multiple high-impact discoveries in Tanzania.

“All operations were performed with solid drilling efficiency and a good safety culture. Without additional activity lined up, we unfortunately have to let the rig go prior to contract end.”


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