West Capella Drillship Kicks Off Operations for Total Offshore Nigeria

The ultra-deepwater drillship West Capella has commenced operations for Total in Nigeria. West Capella, which was delivered from the Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea end December 2008, arrived offshore Nigeria in West Africa earlier this month and has since arrival prepared for start-up of operations.

According to RigLogix, the West Capella will begin working for Total on Usan through March 2012. West Capella is chartered to Total under a five-year contract.

The drillship is the second deepwater newbuild delivered to Seadrill that has a long-term contract with Total. The dayrate for the rig is $544,000. With a water depth capacity of 10,000 feet, the West Capella has the capcity to drill to a depth of 37,500 feet.

Usan is located in the Gulf of Guinea on OPL 222. Situated in waters ranging from 2,461 to 2,789 feet, the field has proven and probably reserves of 500 MMbo. Expected to commence production in 2012, Usan is being developed through 23 production wells and 19 water and gas injection wells tied-back to the Usan FPSO.

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