Brazil: Ultradeepwater drillship to work for Petrobras

Queiroz Galvao Oleo e Gas reported the arrival in Brazil of the Amaralina Star ultradeepwater drillship, which is chartered to Petroleo Brasileiro SA under a 6-year contract with options to renew for 6 years.

The unit was built to drill as deep as 40,000 ft in as much as 10,000 ft of water and will be capable of operating in the Brazilian presalt area.

A sister vessel, the Laguna Star, is also under construction at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. It, too, is under contract to Petrobras.

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