Maersk Drilling wins new semi-sub contract and pair of jackup extensions

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new contract by Shell for the semi-submersible Maersk Developer while also securing extensions for jackup pair Maersk Resolve and Maersk Resolute.

Shell has contracted the 2009-built Maersk Developer for the drilling and completion of three wells and the suspension of another well, located in block E of the East Coast Marine Area offshore Trinidad. The new contract commences in January 2018 and is expected to continue for eight to nine months. Up to two additional years are available as options.

Lars Østergaard, CCO of Maersk Drilling, commented: “Working with Shell on this project and contributing to delivering gas production in Trinidad is very exciting for Maersk Drilling. The project scope involves a range of integrated services and we look forward to taking on the responsibility for these while deploying Maersk Developer’s advanced drilling capabilities. Together with Shell we will do our utmost to deliver the project in a safe and efficient manner.”

Maersk has also been awarded an extension by Wintershall for jackup Maersk Resolve, extending the current contract from 86 days to a minimum of 160-190 days with further options included.

Additionally, Petrogas E&P Netherlands has extended the its contract for jackup Maersk Resolute. The extension is for plug and abandonment work at the Q1 Halfweg platform and increased the current contract from 95 days up to a total of 140 days. Petrogas also has two extensions available for up to 150 days.

“The North Sea is a key market for us, and we remain committed to offering a safe and efficient operation to both Wintershall and Petrogas,” added Østergaard.

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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