The Deepsea Yantai rig is currently drilling the production wells at the Neptune-operated Fenja field in the Norwegian Sea.
The extension will include one additional well at the Fenja field and two exploration wells within core areas of the Norwegian sector, the firm noted. Neptune also has the option to include additional wells under the current contract.
Contract values have not been disclosed.
Neptune Energy’s managing director for Norway, Odin Estensen, said: “The extension of the contract for the Deepsea Yantai plays a vital role in our busy drilling program for next year, including both development and exploration drilling in our core areas with a clear ambition to further grow our business on the Norwegian Shelf.”
The Deepsea Yantai, which is owned by CIMC Raffles, has been operating for Neptune Energy in Norway since November 2019. This included completion of the appraisal and production wells at the two new Gjøa P1 and Duva fields, and several exploration wells including the Dugong discovery last year.
Neptune Energy, which was founded by former Centrica boss Sam Laidlaw, is a global exploration and production company with operations across Europe, North Africa and Asia Pacific.
The business had production of 142,000 net barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2020 and reserves of 601 million barrels of oil equivalent as of the end of 2020. Neptune Energy Norge is a subsidiary of the group.