Seadrill has been awarded a six months contract extension for the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig West Hercules by Husky Oil. The estimated value of the contract extension is approximately US $90 million. The extention secures continued employment for the ultra-deepwater unit offshore China until May 2012. Husky Oil China Ltd. has the right to extend the assignment by another six months on the same terms and conditions.
Alf C Thorkildsen, Chief Executive Officer in Seadrill Management AS said, "We are pleased to add further earning visibility for our ultra-deepwater rig fleet at what we believe is competitive terms and conditions given the current market sentiment. Our strong contract backlog gives us a unique opportunity to focus our efforts on safety and operational excellence."
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