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Shell snaps up Maersk drillship for Southeast Asia multi-well campaign

Shell has awarded Maersk Drilling a contract to charter the seventh-generation drillship Maersk Viking for development drilling offshore Malaysia.

The firm charter is for four development wells at the Anglo-Dutch supermajor’s producing Gumusut-Kakap project.

The contract, which is expected to start in December, has an estimated duration of 150 days.

Maersk on Wednesday confirmed the charter, which is worth approximately $34 million including mobilisation fee, carries five one-well options for work offshore Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam.

“We’re delighted to confirm that Maersk Viking will return to Shell Malaysia for work on the Gumusut-Kakap project,” Maersk Drilling chief operating officer Morten Kelstrup said.

“In this way, we will be able to build further on the great collaboration that the rig’s highly capable crew has established during its current campaign with Brunei Shell Petroleum.”