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KCA Deutag clinches Angola jack-up rig deal

17th July 2014

KCA Deutag has been awarded a USD 170m contract by Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção, SA, for the provision of the Ben Rinnes jack-up rig in Angola

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he rig has been operating in Gabon since January 2013, where it completed a multi-well drilling programme

The two-year agreement, which comes with a two-year extension option, will see KCA Deutag’s offshore division provide drilling and completion services in various offshore locations in Angola.  The contract will employ approximately 100 people, the majority of whom will be Angolan nationals.

“Angola is the second largest oil producer in Africa and it continues to be a major hub of activity for KCA Deutag,” said Rune Lorentzen, KCA Deutag’s offshore division president. “We have worked hard to build a strong presence within the region and this contract will only serve to enhance our operations even further.”

The Ben Rinnes is one of two jack-ups in KCA Deutag’s rig fleet. The rig has been operating in Gabon since January 2013, where it completed a multi-well drilling programme. It has achieved an excellent performance record, celebrating six years lost time incident free in April 2014.

KCA Deutag has been operating in Angola since 2005, where it currently manages three platform drilling rigs.

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