Maersk Drilling gets new Wintershall deal

Maersk Drilling and Wintershall Noordzee have signed a cooperation agreement giving Maersk Drilling preferred contractor status for Wintershall Noordzee’s offshore drilling work.

Under the new agreement, Maersk has been awarded a contract for the 2009-built jackup rig Maersk Resolve. The rig, which is currently warm stacked in Esbjerg, has been contracted to plug and abandon three wells in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The campaign will commence in January 2019 and has an expected duration of 90 days.

The preferred contract agreement between the two companies runs through to June 2020.

Morten Kelstrup, CCIO of Maersk Drilling, commented: “We’re very proud to be able to turn a new customer relationship into a strong partnership with this agreement which will drive further value to both parties by our mutual commitment to cooperate much closer on drilling smarter. Wintershall Noordzee was an entirely new customer to us when Maersk Resolve commenced its latest campaign for the client, entering into a contract that was extended several times and ended up lasting more than a year. That Wintershall Noordzee now awards us the preferred status on their drilling work is the ultimate recognition of the exceptional performance which our companies have delivered together.”

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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