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Aker Energy hires Maersk drillship

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Marine driller Maersk Drilling has signed a contract with Aker Energy to drill wells in Ghana with the Maersk Viking rig

The contract with Aker Energy is expected to last between 30 and 35 days, with options for additional wells, expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2018, Maersk Drilling said on Tuesday. Maersk Viking is currently in the Gulf of Mexico and will begin its voyage to Ghana shortly.

Morten Kelstrup, CCIO of Maersk Drilling, said: “The contract for Maersk Viking marks our third rig operating in Ghana. We have a strong commitment to local job creation and skills development, and our new joint venture with Prime Meridian Docks, PMD Viking Ghana, will provide local services in connection with this operation. ”

The Maersk Viking, which was built in 2014, will drill to an ultra-deep depth of 2.674 meters on the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block.

“We are pleased to reach this important milestone that will allow us to start drilling the important Pecan-4A appraisal well. The main objective of the well will be to test the extent of the Pecan field. This will make a valuable and important contribution in optimizing the Development Plan for the field and in understanding the broader appraisal potential of the block,” said Jan Arve Haugan, CEO of Aker Energy.

The contract is awarded by Aker Energy on behalf of the license group and as the operator of the DWT/CTP block. Aker Energy is the operator of the block with a 50% stake. Aker Energy's partners are LUKOIL (38%), Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (10%) and Fueltrade (2%).

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