Seadrill today took delivery of the new deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig West Aquarius from the DSME shipyard in South Korea. The unit will leave Korean waters in a few days after completing some general mobilization activities, en route to its first drilling assignment in Indonesia. Start-up of operations is expected mid February. West Aquarius has a four-year contract with ExxonMobil for worldwide exploration activities.
Following the $100-a-barrel oil boom during 2008, U.S. oil major ExxonMobil finished out its third quarter with $37 billion in cash. The company operates the Arun Field in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province as a Cooperation Contract Contractor (KKKS) to Badan Pelaksana Minyak dan Gas (BPMIGAS), the Indonesian Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Body. ExxonMobil affiliates also operate the South Lhoksukon A and D, Pase A and B onshore fields, as well as North Sumatra Offshore (NSO) offshore gas field.
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