Maersk Drilling’s jack-up accommodation rig Maersk Guardian will leave lay-up next year to be deployed on a five-year contract to Maersk Oil in Danish waters in the North Sea.
The contract’s firm period is valued at around $142m, commencing in September 2016. The contract includes two one-year extension options, Maersk Drilling said.
“We are pleased that we will get Maersk Guardian back on the water. In this market, it is important to seek out new ideas in order to keep our rigs employed. An accommodation contract like this is a good example of that and it adds to our contract backlog,” Morten Pilnov, Maersk Drilling’s head of global sales, said in a statement.
Maersk Guardian is currently being converted from a drilling rig to an accommodation unit at Frederikshavn, Denmark, where it will stay until the new contract commences.
The rig’s cantilever will be decommissioned, including the drilling package. The existing accommodation block will be renovated and new accommodation modules will be installed. The rig’s auxiliary systems will also be overhauled in order to support the accommodation units.