Drilling Rig Leiv Eiriksson Prepares For Barents Sea

Published at 11:58AM - 16/03/16

Drilling rig Leiv Eiriksson prepares for Barents Sea, arriving at the Westcon shipyard in Ølen to start its overhaul and winterisation upgrades.

The semisubmersible drilling rig is returning from a longterm contract with the ‘Rig Management’ consortium- made up of exploration and production companies including Bayern Gas, Maersk Oil, OMV, RWE, and Total.

Leiv Eiriksson Prepares For Barents Sea

The Ocean Rig operated Leiv Eiriksson will now undertake a full overhaul with additional winterisation upgrades, at Westcon’s Ølen shipyard, in preparation for work on its latest contract with Lundin Petroleum.

Westcon’s rig repair manager, Malvin Eide, said: “Westcon will prepare the rig for use in the Barents Sea. Among other things, this includes winterization and installation of third party equipment.”

“The rig Polar Pioneer and Henry Goodridge are at the quays. Safe Scandinavia and Borgland Dolphin left Westcon Yards earlier this week. We have thus good capacity and constantly looking for more projects”

Lundin Petroleum Barents Exploration

Lundin have leased the driller to drill an initial three exploration wells in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway, although the deal is likely to lead to further wells if the initial three prove successful.

No duration or day rate has been given, however Ocean Rig have confirmed that the deal for the initial three wells has an estimated backlog of US$23.6 million.

Work is scheduled to start on completion of the Leiv Eiriksson’s stay in Norway- during the third quarter of 2016.

Drilling Rig Leiv Eiriksson

The Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig was delivered 2001 by China Shipbuilding Industry Company’s (CSIC) Dalian No 1 Production Yard, China.

An ultra deepwater semisubmersible, Leiv Eiriksson has an operational maximum water depth of 7,500 feet (2,286m) and a maximum drilling depth of 30,000 feet (9,144m).