Pushing beyond existing boundaries

Voyage to the deepest depth ever drilled at sea

21 January 2020 | Business

According to Maersk, drilling operations planned for its Angola-Namibia campaign will be done at a world record water depth.

Maersk said that the well in Angola’s Block 48 would be drilled at a water depth of 3 628m.

French oil major Total selected a Maersk owned drillship Maersk Voyager for this job,

The project includes two wells offshore Angola in Blocks 32 and 48, plus one well offshore Namibia.

Maersk Drilling announced last week that it had been awarded contracts for a three-well exploration drilling project by Total E&P Angola Block 32, Block 48 and Total E and P Namibia B.V. for the 7th generation ultra-deep-water drillship, Maersk Voyager.

According to the drilling contractor, the current world record is 3 400m, set by Maersk Voyager’s sister drillship Maersk Venturer when it drilled the Raya-1 well for Total offshore Uruguay in 2016.

The Voyager will be employed offshore Angola and Namibia for a campaign which is expected to start in January 2020, with an estimated duration of 240 days.

The total value of the firm contracts is approximately U$46.3m, including a mobilization fee. The contracts include two additional one-well options.

Maersk Voyager was delivered in 2014. The Samsung 96K model (TypeDP 3 Ship with Moonpool) drill ship can operate at a maximum water depth of 3 657m and conduct drilling at a maximum depth of 12 000m. It is 228 m in length an can accommodate 230 personnel.

Maersk Voyager has recently performed its scheduled Special Periodic Survey in Walvis Bay after completing campaigns in Ghana and Equatorial Guinea in 2019.

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