Rig: Songa Mercur

Name Songa Mercur
Owner Opus Offshore
Manager Songa Opus Offshore Drilling Pte Ltd
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Midwater Floater
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 1200
Max Drill Depth (ft) 25000
Dimensions (ft) 319 x 211 x 80.5
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country --
Region --

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco 1625 DE
Drawworks HP 3000
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco 12-P-160 Triplex
Top Drive Tesco TS 650
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1200000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Friede & Goldman
Rig Model 9500
Year Built 1989
Country of Build Russia (Baltic Sea)
Yard Name Vyborg Shipyard
Group Yard Name Kvaerner Vyborg Shipyard JSC

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Retired

Rig Images


23 Jul 2014

Songa Offshore completes sale of Asian semisubs

Songa Offshore SE (Songa Offshore) has today completed the previously announced sale of the ‘Songa Mercur’ and ‘Songa Venus’ rigs to the Opus Offshore Group (Opus Offshore), in line with the press release dated 25th April, 2014. Songa Offshore will retain the cash flow generated between 1st January and 1stJune 2014 while the new rig owners of Opus Offshore and the Joint Venture operating company will assume the cash flow from 1 June 2014 onwards. Whilst both units will now be owned by Opus Offshore, they will be operated by a Songa/Opus JV, with the ‘Songa Venus’ now going on a bareboat charter to Opus Offshore until Q2 2015 with a dayrate of USD120,000.

27 Jun 2014

Songa's sale of two semisubs pushed back to July

Songa Offshore AS (Songa) has reported that the closing of the sales of the rigs ‘Songa Mercur’ and ‘Songa Venus’ from Songa Offshore SE to companies within the Opus Offshore Group, previously contemplated to take place within second quarter 2014, is now scheduled to take place within the end of July 2014. Upon the completion of the sale, both assets will be managed by the new Songa-Opus JV company.

31 Dec 2013

'Songa Mercur' drills duster in Vietnam

KrisEnergy Ltd (KrisEnergy) has announced that the Eni operated Ca Ngu-1 exploration well that was drilled by the ‘Songa Mercur’ semisub in Vietnam has reached a total depth of 1,290m. The Ca Ngu-1 well was spudded on the 10th October 2013 and drilling was constantly delayed by typhoons that passed through the area and resulted in the crew from the ‘Songa Mercur’ being evacuated on numerous occasions. The well confirmed the presence of a petroleum system in the area and was plugged and abandoned following completion.

21 Oct 2013

Ca Ngu-1 exploration well begins drilling offshore Vietnam

KrisEnergy Ltd. (“KrisEnergy” or “the Company”), an independent upstream oil and gas company, is pleased to announce that on 21 October 2013, the Songa Mercur semisubmersible rig began drilling the Ca Ngu-1 exploration well in Block 120 offshore central Vietnam. The Ca Ngu-1 exploration well is planned to reach approximately 1,500 metres total vertical depth subsea and is intended to test the Ca Ngu oil and/or gas prospect. Water depth at the Ca Ngu-1 location is approximately 270 metres. “We originally acquired an interest in Block 120 in 2010 and following 2D and 3D seismic acquisition and interpretation, we are excited to be finally drilling Ca Ngu-1, one of several prospects in the contract area. The single well to have been drilled in the current boundaries of Block 120 was in the early 1990s and encountered oil,” said Chris Gibson-Robinson, KrisEnergy’s Director Exploration & Production. Block 120 covers an area of 8,574 sq km overlying the Quang Ngai Graben and the Tri Ton Horst where water depths range from 50 metres to 1,100 metres. The graben connects the Song Hong and Qiongdongnan basins in the north to the Phu Khanh Basin in the south. KrisEnergy holds a 25% working interest in Block 120 and is partnered by Eni Vietnam B.V. as the operator with 50% working interest and Neon Energy (Song Hong) Pty Ltd with 25%.

10 Jun 2013

Songa secures additional Vietnam work for 'Songa Mercur'

Songa Offshore has announced that the company has secured additional work for its ‘Songa Mercur’ semi-submersible unit in Vietnam that will keep the unit contracted through to the beginning of 2014. Songa has signed a contract with Idemitsu Oil & Gas for one firm well for a duration of 80 days with a contract value of around US$21 million, that will begin following on from Eni’s contract with Vietnam. The contract also has a one well option attached which would extend the contract up to 140 days if exercised.

25 Apr 2013

Songa completes sale of two semisubs and announces creation of JV

Songa Offshore (Songa) has successfully completed the sale of two midwater semisub rigs to Singapore-based Opus Offshore (Opus) in a deal worth US$200 million. Under the terms of the deal, Songa has announced the establishment of a strategic joint venture (JV) drilling management company (Songa-Opus JV). The sale involves the ‘Songa Venus’ and ‘Songa Mercur’ rigs, which Songa has had earmarked for sale since the second half of 2013. Both units will be 100% acquired by Opus, but will be operated by the Songa-Opus JV. In addition to the two semisubs, the Songa-Opus JV will also operate four drillships that Opus currently has under construction and on order for delivery between 2014 and 2017. Furthermore, Opus will enter into a bareboat charter for the ‘Songa Venus’ between the closing of the above transaction and commencement of its SPS at the end of Q1 2015, the unit will be chartered at a fixed rate of US$120,000. The total transaction is expected to be worth between US$180 million and US$235 million to Songa depending on whether or not Opus exercises its buy-out option for the JV. Opus have the option to acquire Songa’s 50% share of the JV for US$20 million, starting 30 months post inception of the Songa-Opus JV, which is valid for a 12 month period.

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