Seadrill drillship starts work off Brazil

Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill has confirmed that one of its drillships kicked off its assignment at a field offshore Brazil with the country’s oil and gas giant, Petrobras.

Back in November 2021, Seadrill secured two contracts with Petrobras for its West Carina and West Tellus rigs for work on the Búzios field offshore Brazil. At the time, the offshore drilling contractor explained that both contracts were signed on a three-year fixed-term basis and the rigs were expected to start working for Petrobras in September 2022.

As a reminder, the West Tellus drillship previously worked for Petrobras under a contract awarded back in November 2019, which was supposed to end in December 2021. However, due to Petrobras requesting an earlier termination of the deal, as reported in May 2021, the rig was supposed to be working for Petrobras until September 2021 under a day rate of $211,311.

In an update last week, Seadrill confirmed that the West Tellus drillship had started working with Petrobras in Brazil.

The 2013-built West Tellus is a sixth-generation DP3 drillship, which was constructed by Samsung Shipyard in South Korea. It can accommodate 200 people.

This drillship started its contract with Petrobras only a week after the West Jupiter drillship did the same.

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