Houston-based independent Murphy Oil has awarded offshore drilling contractor Valaris a pair of assignments for a semi-submersible drilling rig for work in the US Gulf of Mexico and offshore Mexico.

Valaris said it was awarded two one-well contracts for the semisub Valaris DPS-5.

The first contract is in the US Gulf of Mexico and is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2022 with a minimum duration of 30 days.