Maersk to use Gorilla VII in North Sea

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 7 -- Maersk Oil & Gas AS of Denmark has awarded Rowan Cos. Inc. a 1-year contract for use of the Rowan Gorilla VII jack up in North Sea drilling beginning in August.

Rowan estimates contract revenues at $65 million. The contract has a 9-month minimum work commitment and option to extend for a year.

The Gorilla VII is working on decommissioning of Ardmore field in the North Sea. Rowan expects that work to conclude during July (OGJ Online, June 8, 2005).

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