Ensco Jack-Up Rigs Awarded New Contracts

Published at 10:55AM - 14/10/16

Ensco has been awarded several new drilling contracts for its jack-up rigs, following the company’s latest fleet status report.

According to the UK-based firm, rigs that have remained unemployed are to be stacked.

“Ensco recently signed two multi-year contracts totalling eight rig years with Saudi Aramco”, the company reported.

Ensco Jack-Up Rigs Awarded New Contracts

“ENSCO 84 is expected to complete its contract in the third quarter of 2021, while ENSCO 88 had its contract extended for three years into 2019,” the company added.

The ENSCO 82 jack-up drilling rig, built in 1981, was awarded a contract from late December 2016 to August 2021, while ENSCO 88, built in 1982, had its contract extended into December 2019.

Ensco Jack-Up Rigs Awarded New Contracts
ENSCO 88 had its contract extended for three years

As well as this, ENSCO 8503 was contracted to Talos in the US Gulf of Mexico from late September until late October 2016.

Also in the Gulf of Mexico, the ENSCO 8505 built in 2012 was contracted to LLOG from late September until mid-October 2016.

Ensco Prepares Rigs for Stacking

As soon as the rig completes work for Deep Gulf Energy in January 2017, it is expected to replace the ENSCO 8506, which is being prepared for stacking.

The ENSCO DS-3, built in 2010, is also being prepared for stacking in Spain.

In the meantime, the ENSCO DS-7 drillship recently received a notice of early termination from Total in Angola, effective in the end of this month.

Ensco had also been awarded a new contract by Engie, who hired ENSCO 71 and ENSCO 101 to work in the Netherlands from mid-November to May 2017 and from end-October to mid-April 2017, respectively.

Meanwhile, the newbuild jack-up rig ENSCO 140 has been delivered and is now available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The other rig from the same series, ENSCO 141, is under construction and expected to be available in November.

Other ENSCO rigs under contract include ENSCO 67, contracted to Pertamina in Indonesia from December 2016 to December 2017, while ENSCO 53 and ENSCO 94 are classified for sale.

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