Italian oilfield services provider and drilling contractor Saipem has been awarded several new drilling contracts and extensions to existing contracts.
The contracts of a combined value of around 150 million euros, are for work in Portugal, Norway, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Latin America.
Saipem has been awarded by Eni Portugal B.V. a contract for the utilization of the Saipem 12000 drillship, which will operate offshore Portugal. The work will be performed during the third quarter of 2016. Saipem 12000 is a sixth generation ultra-deepwater drilling ship capable of operating in water depths of over 3,000 metres.
In Norway, the contract with Eni Norge for the Scarabeo 8 has been extended up to October 2017. Scarabeo 8 is a 6th generation semi-submersible drilling rig designed to operate in ultra-deep waters of up to 3,000 metres.
In onshore drilling, Saipem has been awarded new contracts by a number of different clients relating to land drilling rigs in South America, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Morocco. The contracts will start during 2016 and have terms that vary from two months to two years.