Privately owned operator Perenco has signed a contract to use the jack-up Valaris 247 for a drilling campaign around its Ravenspurn gas field in the UK southern North Sea.

This unit will drill a minimum of three new probes and is scheduled to move onto the location in January. Work is expected to take about 180 days.

The first of the three deviated wells will be the Ravenspurn North sidetrack. All will produce into the company’s Dimlington Terminal on the east coast of England.

Perenco UK general manager Jonathan White said: “These activities are consistent with Perenco UK’s commitment as a safe and responsible operator to the North Sea Transition Deal, supporting energy security compatible with net-zero targets.”

Valaris 247, formerly known as Gorilla V, is an enhanced Super Gorilla class rig built by LeTourneau Industries, Mississippi in 1998. It can operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and can drill to depths of 35,000 feet.

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