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Total taps Pacific rig for US Gulf well

French explorer to take rig from March to July 2020 at dayrate of $252,000

French supermajor Total has hired the drillship Pacific Khamsin on a one-well contract in the US Gulf of Mexico.

According to owner Pacific Drilling's latest fleet status update, Total will take the second firm well slot of an already established contract with Equinor.

The Norwegian player will have the rig from November to February at a dayrate of $227,000, during which time the company is expected to drill its Monument prospect in the Walker Ridge area.

Total will have the rig from March to July 2020 at a dayrate of $252,000.

The contract is believed to be for a single well, South Platte, to further explore the resource around Total's operated North Platte discovery.

Afterwards there are two remaining options left on the contract, with escalating dayrates.

Pacific also said that Chevron had extended its deal for the drillship Pacific Sharav by an additional firm well, with three options at escalating dayrates.

The unit has been on contract with Chevron since 2014 and will roll off that long-term deal at a dayrate of $551,000 at the end of August.

The next period will run from September through December 2020 at a dayrate of $175,000.

Pacific also said its new one-well extension with Total off Mauritania, divulged on Monday, would run from August to September 2019 at an undisclosed dayrate.

That work would be followed by a one-well deal with Petronas, also off Mauritania, from November 2019 to October 2020 at a dayrate of $296,000.

After that Total has two more options off Senegal and Mauritania that would follow the Petronas contract.

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