The Italian offshore subsea contractor Saipem was awarded with new contracts and extensions by oil giant Eni. The total worth of the both agreements is 170 million USD. Saipem was awarded with new contract for drilling off Portugal, which will be commenced in Q3 2016 and will utilize the ultra deepwater drillship Saipem 12000. The Italian offshore subsea contractor also received extension from Eni Norge for semisubmersible drilling rig Scarabeo 8 until October 2017. The both contracts are important for Saipem, on the background of delaying offshore orders and increasing number of idle vessels.
Saipem also secured a number of onshore drilling contracts in Kazakhstan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and South America.
Saipem 12000 is sixth generation ultra deepwater drillship with length of 228.00 m, moulded beam of 42.00 m, depth of 19.00 m and operating draft of 12.00 m. The vessel can operate at water depth 3,658 m and maximum drilling depth is 10,660 m. The vessel was built by Samsung Heavy Industries in 2010.
Scarabeo 8 is a last generation semisubmersible drilling unit. This unit represents the state of the art of harsh environment and unmanned operation drilling. Scarabeo 8 is classified to operate with dynamic positioning DP3 system or moored thrusters assisted. The rig has overall length of 118.56 m, breadth of 15.73 m and depth of 10.15 m. The maximum drilling depth of the vessel is 10,660 m.