BHP Books Aquadrill's Vela Drillship for Gulf of Mexico Drilling

March 8, 2022

West Vela - Credit: Jose Perez/MarineTraffic.com
West Vela - Credit: Jose Perez/MarineTraffic.com

Australia-based BHP has booked Aquadrill's Vela drillship for a drilling operation in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

The rig, managed by Seadrill, is currently in the Gulf of Mexico, on a contract with Equinor until May. After the expiration of the contract, the management of the rig will be taken over by Diamond Offshore. 

Diamond Offshore also manages Aquadrill's (ex-Seadrill Partners') Auriga drillship and Capricorn semi-submersible drilling rig.

The contract with BHP, which recently agreed to merge its petroleum business with Woodside, for the 2013-built Vela drillship is expected to start in September 2022 and last until December 2022, at an undisclosed day rate.

The Vela, previously far known as the West Vela, is a sixth-generation drillship with operational history in the U.S Gulf of Mexico. It was built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.




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