Ocean Onyx headed to Trinidad

BG Group has signed Diamond Offshore's semi-submersible newbuild Ocean Onyx to a one-well contract off Trinidad, according to the rig contractor's latest fleet status report.

The unit, capable of drilling in up to 6000 feet of water, will kick off the job in January at a day rate of $390,000. The contract extends through May with one option.

The rig has been working for Apache in the US Gulf of Mexico since February at a day rate of $490,000.

The UK's BG supplies about one-third of natural gas used by Trinidad and Tobago and has a range of exploration and development projects there.

Diamond also said another newbuild, the Ocean BlackRhino, had picked up the backlog of the Ocean Confidence, kicking off a 265-day contract for Murphy at an unspecified location.

The deal will run from the first quarter to fourth quarter 2015 at a dayrate of $550,000.

Diamond also tacked on a one-well extension for the semi-submersible Ocean Princess for EnQuest in the UK North Sea.

The 1975-built unit, which can work in up to 1500 feet of water, will be under the contract from mid September to mid November at a day rate of $230,000.

Diamond also said it had sold off the Ocean Spartan jack-up.

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