TotalEnergies E&P Angola exercised an option for use of Maersk Drilling’s Maersk Voyager drillship for the ultra-deepwater Ondjaba-1 exploration well in Angola’s Block 48.
The well will be drilled at a new world record water depth of 3,628 m, the service provider said in a release Oct. 15. The current world record is 3,400 m, set by Maersk Voyager’s sister drillship Maersk Venturer when it drilled the Raya-1 well for TotalEnergies, offshore Uruguay in 2016.
Work on Ondjaba-1 began in October. The contract extension has an estimated duration of 54 days to February 2022. The rig is next scheduled to move to Namibia to drill the Venus well. One one-well option remains on the contract.