The new assignment includes drilling of 11 production wells as well as several exploration wells offshore Mauritania, and commencement is scheduled for June 2004. The drilling period is estimated to 380 days, which will keep the unit employed until July 2005.
Smedvig has previously operated for Woodside offshore Mauritania, drilling three wells on the Chinguetti field in 2003.
"The contract was awarded based on previous record-breaking performance in Mauritania", says CEO Kjell E Jacobsen in Smedvig asa.
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