Maersk Drilling Jack-up Rig Gets North Sea Deal

Published at 04:08PM - 08/09/16

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract for its jack-up rig Maersk Gallant covering the plugging and abandonment of the Leadon and James subsea fields.

The contract valued at US$24 million has been awarded by Maersk Oil and is estimated to last for 230 days, starting in February 2017.

“Despite an extremely challenging market, I am glad to say that Maersk Drilling is still able to secure new contracts for our rigs. By focusing on operational excellence and technical problem solving, we strive to always be a trusted and value-adding partner for our customers,” Maersk Drilling Head of Global Sales, Michael Reimer, said.

Maersk Drilling Jack-up Rig Gets North Sea Deal

“Maersk Drilling has extensive experience with plugging and abandonment operations, and we are looking forward to working closely together with Maersk Oil to safely decommission the two subsea fields, Leadon and James”.

The Leadon field is located in the North Sea, approximately 220 miles northeast of Aberdeen, while the James field is located in the Central North Sea, southeast of Aberdeen.

The James field is part of the Janice development, as one of the fields tied back subsea to the FPU.

Maersk Drilling Jack-up Rig Gets North Sea Deal
The Maersk Gallant Jack-Up Drilling Rig From Above

The Maersk Gallant rig has been designed for year-round operations in the North Sea, in water depths up to 394 feet, with an available leg length below hull of 454 feet.

The ultra-harsh weather drilling rig is fully equipped for high pressure/high temperature drilling (HP/HT).

Maersk Gallant Drills Deepest Ever Well

Before February 2017, the rig will be completing its current contract with Total E&P Norge in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

Under this agreement, the rig already beat a series of records, namely the record for the deepest well ever drilling on the NCS.

This was announced in end-July after having drilled the Solaris ultra HPHT well, considered as one of the most challenging wells in the North Sea, to a total depth of 19,491 feet.