April 07, 2021

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a four-well contract with Shell Malaysia for the provision of the ultra-deepwater drillship Maersk Viking. The program is to drill four development wells at the Gumusut-Kakap project located within blocks J and K, about 120km offshore from Sabah, Malaysia. Water depth is in the area is 1,200m (3,937ft).
The firm contract is valued at $34 million, including a mobilisation fee, which gives a daily rate of $226,600. The contract expected to commence in December 2021 includes five additional one-well options for operations located in Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines.
“We’re delighted to confirm that Maersk Viking will return to Shell Malaysia for work on the Gumusut-Kakap project. 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,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.
In February, Maersk Viking was awarded a contract by Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) to drill a single exploration well offshore South Korea commencing in June 2021, with an estimated duration of 45 days.
Maersk Viking is a Samsung 96K high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship which was delivered in 2014 at Geoje Shipyard in South Korea. Maersk Viking is currently drilling for Brunei Shell.
The Gumusut field was discovered by the Gumusut-1B well, drilled in 2003 in Block J. The well was drilled by a semisubmersible rig, Atwood Falcon. The Kakap field was discovered by Murphy Oil in 2004 in Block K. The fields were appraised by four wells, namelyGumusut-2, Gumusut-3, Kakap-1 and Kakap-2. The wells were drilled between 2003 and 2004.
On October 8, 2014, Shell announced first oil from the Gumusut-Kakap platform off the coast of Malaysia. With an annual peak oil production of around 148,000 barrels a day, the platform contributes significantly to the country’s oil production.
Sabah Shell Petroleum Company is the operator of the development, which employs Malaysia’s first deep-water semi-submersible production system.
The field comprises 19 subsea wells, with oil exported via a 200-km long pipeline to an oil and gas terminal in Kimanis, Sabah.
Natural gas that is produced along with the oil is re-injected into the reservoir to help improve oil recovery.
(Source: Maersk Drilling/BM Global/Infield/Offshore Technology/Shell – Image: Maersk Viking)