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Mermaid rig contract cancelled offshore Indonesia

08th December 2014

Mermaid Maritime has received early termination of contract from its international upstream oil and gas client for the MTR-2 tender drilling rig

Mermaid rig contract cancelled offshore Indonesia
The MTR-2 tender rig, purchased by Mermaid in June 2005, has been utilised by the client for almost a decade in its Thailand and Indonesia's production fields

The initial term of the contract was set to end in May 2015 but the rig is now scheduled to be demobilised to Singapore by the end of December 2014.

“We would firstly like to express our sincerest regret that our work contract has to be terminated by the client due to their inability to secure the necessary permits to continue drilling activity,” said Chalermchai Mahagitsiri, chief executive officer of Mermaid.

In a previous announcement dated 17 June 2014, Mermaid disclosed that the client was in the process of obtaining new permits from the relevant government authorities in Indonesia to continue performance of work.

However, as the process in obtaining such permits by the client had been prolonged, the client had therefore elected to exercise early termination of the contract instead.

“There is demand for the MTR-2 as there are still many light weight platforms in the region that can be drilled using a light weight drilling package. Oil and gas majors are also expected to show renewed interest in recovering reserves from such platforms which are located in shallow water production fields,” added Mahagitsiri.

“We also remain open to discussions with the existing client to return to work if they can eventually secure their necessary permits.  

“In the meantime, this event has opened up an opportunity for us to search for new work opportunities with national oil and gas companies in the region. Potential clients have already been identified and we have commenced discussions with them”

The MTR-2 tender rig, purchased by Mermaid in June 2005, has been utilised by the client for almost a decade in its Thailand and Indonesia's production fields.

During its course of service, the MTR-2 has been lauded for its safety record, operational efficiency, reliability and equipment performance.

The MTR-2 had also received numerous awards from this client, the latest being a commendation for achieving five years of no loss time incidents.

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