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Wintershall terminates rig contract with Northern Ocean

Germany’s Wintershall Dea has sent a contract termination notice to Northern Ocean, a spin-off company of Northern Drilling, for the West Mira semisub drilling rig, managed by Seadrill.

The termination follows the extended downtime period after an operational accident on the Nova field in the North Sea in March this year.

The accident took place while lowering a christmas tree from the West Mira, during which the winch wire snapped and the tree sunk to the seafloor, 368 m below water level.

Northern Ocean said it is working with all its stakeholders and taking all commercial and legal actions necessary to limit the damage from the contract termination.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a backgroud in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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