Equinor extends Maersk Drilling jackup contract

Norway’s Equinor has exercised options and signed a new contract for Maersk Drilling jackup rig Maersk Intrepid for operations at the Martin Linge field.

The two options extend the contract for the jackup an additional two months to June 2019, while the new five-month contract commences in direct continuation of the extensions and includes an additional four two-month options.

The rig will be used for both drilling and accomodation activities at Martin Linge and may later be deployed to another field.

Morten Kelstrup, CCIO of Maersk Drilling, commented: “We are proud to see Maersk Intrepid get the opportunity to continue on Martin Linge and contribute to the expected opening of production on the field in 2020. Equinor is a highly valued customer to Maersk Drilling, and it’s great to be able to continue our long-standing cooperation with this renewed commitment. Equinor continues to move the boundaries within the industry with new technologies, and we believe our modern rigs are a vital part of being able to deliver this.”

Maersk Intrepid has been deployed in Norwegian waters since it was delivered in 2014.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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