Archer wins three-year extension to drilling contract for Beryl and Forties fields

Apache's Forties Alpha platform
Apache’s Forties Alpha platform

Apache has awarded a new three year North Sea platform drilling management contract to Archer on their Forties and Beryl fields. This will include the Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta as well as the Beryl Alpha and Bravo platforms.

In addition to the firm contract term, two additional two-year extension options are available.

Archer has provided these offshore oilfield services to Apache on the Forties and Beryl fields since 2004 and 2012 respectively. The new contract ensures Archer’s continued operations for Apache until at least December 2020.

With this award, Archer’s offshore drilling crews will also continue to provide drilling operations and maintenance services for 11 major operators on 42 installations in the North Sea, following other successful contract awards with Shell, Chevron and Marathon Oil.

  • BP has set aside another $1.7 billion in compensation pay-outs arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil blow-out disaster, in which 11 people died in the Gulf of Mexico.

The follows resolution of a spate of recently claims – which were seven times greater than BP anticipated. As a result, the financial cost of the disaster has risen to around $65 billion.


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