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The arrival of Transocean Marianas (MAR) in the Walvis Bay Harbor off the coast of Namibia meant more than the presence of another drilling contractor. The high-specification floater, partnering with customer HRT, received political attention as it embarked on an eight-month exploration-well campaign, to explore “large potential reserves,” according to a local Namibian news site.

On March 4, Prime Minister of Namibia Hage Geingob, Minister of Mines and Energy, Isak Katali; former President, Sam Nujoma; Member of Parliament, Ben Amadhila; and HRT Africa President, Martin David, along with other HRT representatives, spent about two hours touring the rig and visiting with personnel.

Former President Sam Nujoma spent some time in the control room and talked in length with Dave Sutherland, Barge Supervisor, who explained the campaign process and outlook. The Marianas is contracted to work with Brazilian-based customer HRT on the eight-month campaign with three exploration wells on the schedule.

The Transocean high-specification floater’s arrival in Namibia was also covered in the weekly Namibian Economist, which stated that if the Marianas and HRT are “successful in their exploration efforts for oil in the country’s exclusive economic zone, huge economic benefits in line with vision 2030 can be achieved.”

Transocean Marianas’ onshore and offshore support is putting into action our company vision to become “universally recognized for innovation and excellence in unlocking the world’s offshore resources,” alongside our commitment to a safe work environment. Good luck, Transocean Marianas crew, in this exploration campaign!


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