Maersk Drilling has reactivated a semi-submersible for work in Southeast Asia following a new contract awarded by JX Nippon for a duration of an estimated 30 days.

The contract will utilise the deepwater semi-submersible Maersk Deliverer to work on a well located in offshore Malaysia 160 km northwest of Kota Kinabalu at a water depth of 1,200 m. The contract is set to start in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“We see an increase in demand for deepwater rigs in the Southeast Asian market, and this is a great opportunity to get closer to deepwater customers in the region, like JX Nippon, and thereby enable them to fulfil their business objectives safely and efficiently,” said Lars Ostergaard, chief commercial officer of Maersk Drilling.

Since April 2016, Maersk Deliverer has been warmed stacked in Namibia.

The reactivation of the rig has already commenced, and the main work scopes will be carried out during its voyage to Malaysia, saving valuable time. Maersk Deliverer is the fifth rig that Maersk Drilling has successfully reactivated from warm stacking within the past eight months.