ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas companies, has issued a tender in Nigeria for two deepwater mobile offshore drilling units, for as much as five years.
Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria was seeking companies to provide the two drilling units and associated services which include solid control, rig positioning, subsea metrology, ROV and cementing unit and pumping services.
Energy Voice reported that the closing date to qualify for the tender is September 13, 2023, and the anticipated contract term is three years, with an option for another two.
The rigs will carry out drilling, completion, testing, temporary abandonment and workovers in water depths from 600 to 1,800 metres. It also intends to use the rig on licences it holds under production-sharing contracts (PSCs) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Esso is the operator of four areas offshore Nigeria: OMLs 133, 138, 139, 154, the report added.
Recently, the company issued a tender for companies to provide subsea wellhead systems and installation services to support drilling. It highlighted OML 139 and 154 in this tender, which closes on September 6. This will run for three years with an option for another two.
Another tender called for the provision of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and services, in the same licences and with the same duration. It says this OCTG tender closed on August 8.
The oil industry announced the Owowo discovery in October 2016. At the time, the company said the find held between 500 million and 1 billion barrels of oil. The field is in OML 139 and OML 154.