Offshore engineering firm, Semco Maritime, have won a contract to upgrade Maersk Drilling’s Guardian Jackup rig.
Semco Maritime announced the news, stating that the contract, worth US$14 million, will see the Danish based company ‘expand’ the Maersk Guardian.
The main bulk of the work involves greatly increasing the jackup’s accommodation capacity, currently 101, readying it for a 5 year lease to sister company Maersk Oil.
Maersk Oil aims to utilise the jackup purely as an accommodation barge for the 5 year duration, on various projects around its offshore fields in the Danish sector of the North Sea.
Semco Maritime Senior Vice President, Lars Skov Christensen, said: “It is very encouraging that an internationally respected operator such as Maersk Drilling chooses us. That confirms that our strategy is competitive in a challenged rig market.”
All work will be conducted at Semco’s Frederikshavn fabrication yard in Denmark.
The Maersk Guardian, has been designed to operate to operate in all sectors of the North Sea. Delivered in 1986 by Hitachi, the ajckup drilling rig has legs totalling 157 m (515 ft).