Saipem nets offshore charter hat-trick

by on September 28, 2012 8:52 am BST

Milan-based contractor was awarded a three-year charter off Abu Dhabi from National Drilling Company (NDC) for its Perro
Negro 3 to drill starting in the first quarter of next

The rig had recently been contracted to Hindustan Oil
Exploration Company on a four- to six-month drilling deal in Indian waters.

State player Petroecuador
has meanwhile hired Saipem to charter Diamond Offshore’s Ocean Spur jack-up rig
for 18 months starting from the fourth quarter of 2012.

The unit is destined for the Amistad gas field area in the
Gulf of Guayaquil.

GDF Suez has inked a three-month deal with Saipem for the charter of Scarabeo 4
to drill off Egypt in the coming months.

The semi-submersible rig, which is currently
under contract with International Egyptian Oil Company, will be chartered by GDF Suez under a contract

The same rig was behind a pair of natural gas discoveries for BP at the North El Burg concession in August.

The Italian
company’s onshore unit has picked up contracts for six rigs in South America
and Italy ranging from five to nine months and starting between now and