Maersk Drilling to upgrade jackup into hybrid rig for Aker BP extension

Maersk Drilling has secured a contract extension from Aker BP for 2015-built jackup rig Maersk Integrator for operations offshore Norway at the Tambar field.

The one-well extension is valued at $10.9m and is scheduled to commence in September 2020, with an expected duration of 40 days.

Prior to commencement, the rig will undergo upgrades to turn it into a hybrid, low-emission rig. The upgrades are similar to those being carried out on Maersk Intrepid, combining the use of hybrid power with an exhaust cleaning system and data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and emissions.

Morten Kelstrup, COO of Maersk Drilling, commented: “We are very happy to continue our close collaboration with Aker BP, and to announce the low-emission upgrade for another XLE rig. The great collaborative efforts in the alliance are producing high efficiency, leading to wells drilled much faster than planned and mutual benefit for all parties involved. Higher efficiency in itself reduces the CO2 emissions associated with a drilling campaign, and this aspect is now further strengthened by adding hybrid, low-emission technology.”

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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