The most significant contracts awarded to the Group during 2013 were:
- a three year extension of a contract with Eni Congo for the operation of a rig owned by the client;
- extensions of contracts of varying durations with various clients for drilling operations in South America;
- contracts with various clients for the use of 17 rigs for durations ranging from 6 months to 5 years in the Middle East, the Caspian Sea region, South America, West Africa, Turkey and Ukraine. Two of these rigs will operate for Shell on a worldwide long-term contract under which Saipem will provide on-call services designed to facilitate the oil company’s entry into new countries and carry out worldwide onshore exploratory drilling operations under certain predefined conditions.