Maersk Drilling has been hired by French group Total to drill the deepest oil well in the world, off the coast of Angola and Namibia, to a depth of 3,628 metres, the company said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The contract involves drilling three test wells, two of which in Blocks 32 and 48 in Angola, and the latter will beat the previous depth record of 3,400 metres drilled in 2016 in Uruguay by the Maersk Venturer ship.
The third well will also be drilled by the Maersk Voyager, a seventh-generation ship, in Namibia, and the contract is valued at a total of US$46.3 million.
Maersk Drilling also said that the campaign is scheduled to begin this month and has an estimated completion time of 240 days.
The statement added that the work in both Angola and Namibia will be carried out in cooperation with local partners, in order to get the best possible results and help to develop the local oil and natural gas industry.
The Maersk Voyager is a ship equipped to drill wells in ultra-deep waters and has been part of the company’s fleet since 2014. (macauhub)