DRILLING and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has been awarded a US$170 million contract by Angola’s national oil company Sonangol for the provision of the Ben Rinnes jack-up rig.

The two-year agreement, which comes with a two-year extension option, will see KCA Deutag’s offshore division provide drilling and completion services in various offshore locations in Angola.

The contract will employ around one hundred people, the majority of whom will be Angolan nationals, KCA Deutag said in an announcement.

The Ben Rinnes is one of two jack-ups in KCA Deutag’s rig fleet, celebrating six years Lost Time Incident (LTI) free in April, 2014.

The rig has been operating in Gabon since January 2013, where it completed a multi-well drilling program, while KCA Deutag has been operating in Angola since 2005, where it currently manages three platform drilling rigs.

KCA Deutag’s offshore division president Rune Lorentzen said the company was proud to partner with Sonangol.

“Angola is the second largest oil producer in Africa and it continues to be a major hub of activity for KCA Deutag,” he said.

“We have worked hard to build a strong presence within the region and this contract will only serve to enhance our operations even further.”