Topaz Energy and Marine awarded US$100mn contract by Dragon Oil

Jack up rig in the caspian seaDrilling platform " Iran Khazar " in operation on a production platform of Dragon Oil in the Cheleken field, Turkmenistan. (Image source: Dragon Oil/Commons)Topaz Energy and Marine have announced a new US$100mn contract with Dragon Oil, the upstream oil and gas subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), in the eastern section of the Caspian Sea, offshore Turkmenistan

Under the terms of the contract, Topaz will supply Dragon Oil Turkmenistan with six vessels, comprising five anchor-handlers and one Emergency Recovery and Response Vessel. The contract has already commenced with vessel mobilisation and operation ramp-up under way. The contract is scheduled for a five-year term with a two-year option and brings Topaz’s market leading revenue backlog above US$1.5bn.

René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine, said, “This is a critical contract win for Topaz. It not only increases our revenue backlog above US$1.5bn, the highest in the industry, but it also demonstrates the trust that Dragon Oil has placed in our ability to deliver the technology and safety capabilities our clients increasingly require.  Our solid funding also means that we are able to structure long-term commercial terms which offer predictability and value to our clients at very low counterparty risk. We look forward to supporting the development of Turkmenistan’s offshore hydrocarbon resources through the provision of Topaz’s safe, reliable and competitive offshore vessel services.”

Topaz has been active in Turkmenistan since 2010 and is committed to the country and the wider Caspian region. Out of a global fleet of 97 vessels, 62 of Topaz’s OSVs are deployed in the Caspian region, servicing the exploration, development and production needs of major companies such as BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Saipem in Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. 

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