Maersk Drilling was awarded with HPHT drilling work by Nexen Petroleum

Maersk GallantMaersk Drilling was awarded by CNOOC’s subsidiary Nexen Petroleum UK with new contract for the harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Gallant. The 140-day contract commences in the third quarter of 2017 and covers drilling of the high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) exploration of Glengorm well in the UK sector of the North Sea. The finance details of the contract were not disclosed, but work is important for the drilling company, which suffers from lack of new orders following the downturn in the offshore sector. The offshore rig is well experienced in drilling of HPHT wells, as already developed dsuch exploration in North Sea for Total.

“Despite the current market downturn, Maersk Drilling has secured three new contracts in the past four months. Striving to always be a trusted and value-adding partner to our customers has paid off in a market situation like the one we face today. We look forward to working closely with Nexen in delivering a safe and efficient drilling campaign”, said the Vice President and Head of Global Sales in Maersk Drilling, Michael Reimer Mortensen. “Maersk Drilling has secured three new contracts in the past four months. Striving to always be a trusted and value-adding partner to our customers has paid off in a market situation like the one we face today”, added he.

The offshore rig Maersk Gallant is currently on contract with Maersk Oil, performing plug and abandonment operations of the Leadon and James subsea fields in the UK sector of the North Sea. However, in agreement with Maersk Oil, this campaign will be put on hold while the drilling of the Glengorm well is ongoing for Nexen. Following the drilling campaign for Nexen, Maersk Gallant will return to complete the plug and abandonment operations of the Leadon and James fields in April 2018.