Valaris DS-17 drill ship arrives for the drilling campaign in the Bacalhau field

The drillship DS-17, owned by Valaris, arrived off the coast of Rio de Janeiro to begin its exploratory campaign in the Bacalhau field, in the Santos Basin. This will be the second exploratory rig in operation in the field – the first of which, West Saturn, began activities in November last year.

The DS-17 is an ultra-deep water drillship, capable of operating in water depths of more than 3,600 meters. The vessel’s contract will last for 540 days. The second rig in Bacalhau will expand Equinor’s drilling capacity in Brazil and will further improve understanding of the Bacalhau Norte area through an RDA (Reservoir Data Acquisition) well.

In all, the Bacalhau Phase 1 drilling campaign will comprise 19 wells. Equinor projects that the field will produce 220,000 barrels per day at peak Phase 1 operation. Production in the area is expected to start in 2024.

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