Mermaid Maritime, a provider of subsea and drilling services for the offshore oil and gas industry, has received early termination of contract from its international upstream oil & gas client for the ‘MTR‐2’ tender drilling rig.
The initial term of the contract was set to end in May 2015, but the rig is now scheduled to be demobilized to Singapore by the end of December 2014.
Mermaid previously disclosed that the client was in the process of obtaining new permits from the relevant government authorities in Indonesia to continue performance of work. However, as the process in obtaining such permits by the client had been prolonged, Mermaid says that the client had therefore elected to exercise early termination of the contract instead.
According to the company, the ‘MTR‐2’ tender rig, purchased by Mermaid in June 2005, has been utilized by the client for almost a decade in its Thailand and Indonesia’s production fields. During its course of service, Mermaid says the ‘MTR‐2’ has been lauded for its safety record, operational efficiency, reliability and equipment performance. The company also notes that the ‘MTR‐2’ had also received numerous awards from this client, the latest being a commendation for achieving five years of no loss time incidents.
Commenting on the contract cancellation, Chalermchai Mahagitsiri, Chief Executive Officer of Mermaid said, “We would firstly like to express our sincerest regret that our work contract has to be terminated by the client due to their inability to secure the necessary permits to continue drilling activity.
“The ‘MTR‐2’ tender drilling rig has notable competitive advantages that put it in a preferred position to secure new work. Firstly, her light weight drilling package is highly suitable for light weight platforms in the region, which cannot bear the heavier weight of modern drilling equipment.
“In addition, the ‘MTR‐2’ boasts a faster rig‐up time of its drilling package compared to other tender rigs, offering considerable cost savings to potential clients. There is demand for the ‘MTR‐2’ as there are still many light weight platforms in the region that can be drilled using a light weight drilling package. Oil and gas majors are also expected to show renewed interest in recovering reserves from such platforms which are located in shallow water production fields.
“We also remain open to discussions with the existing client to return to work if they can eventually secure their necessary permits. In the meantime, this event has opened up an opportunity for us to search for new work opportunities with national oil and gas companies in the region. Potential clients have already been identified and we have commenced discussions with them.”