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First Angola Bound Drillship Launched for Sonadrill

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sonangol and Seadrill saw the first of two drillships launched in Busan, South Korea, the Libongos drillship. The vessel is the first of two that will start operations in H1.

Libongos and its sister ship Quenguelas, which is currently in the final building phase, will be operated by Seadrill as part of the Sonadrill JV between Sonangol and Seadrill. The drillships, built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard, are seventh generation high spec ultra-deepwater drillships.

Libongos was christened and launched by Sonangol CEO, Carlos Saturnino; DSME CEO, Sung Leep Jung; and Angola’s First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço, on March 21.

“This project is another milestone in relaunching the Angolan oil industry, in the quest to increase production and national reserves. It also increases the integrated service offerings of the primary chain, diminishing the dependency on external availability in meeting the exploration program milestones,” Saturnino said at the event.