North Sea Reporter


North Sea Reporter is an established and respected weekly publication which provides in-depth news and analysis of the NW European offshore oil and gas industry. 

Rig Market

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract for its Maersk Integrator jack-up to drill an additional well for Aker BP offshore Norway, taking to three the number of new jobs it has won over the past week after awards in Gabon and Brazil. Maersk says the Maersk Integrator was expected to spud the new exploration well in December this year immediately after finishing its existing workscope with the Norwegian operator. The contract is expected to last for 36 days and has a firm value of about $9.6 million, according to Maersk, implying a dayrate of around $267,000. The contract value excludes integrated service and potential performance bonuses, but includes an option for additional work, the driller added. The Maersk Integrator is currently drilling for Aker BP in the Tambar field, in block 1/3 in the North Sea.


EnQuest is seeking approval to decommission the 12,783-tonne topsides facility on Anasuria Hibiscus UK (AHUK) has awarded Worley a contract for frontend engineering and design (FEED) services for the upgrade and repurposing of an existing FPSO to support phase one of the Marigold development, comprising the Marigold and Sunflower oil-bearing discoveries, in UK central blocks 15/13a and 15/13b, in P.198. Phase one consists of three subsea production wells and will be followed by a further drilling stage, phase two, in late-2022. Worley will support the project throughout this year, with the contract being led from its base in Aberdeen, with support from its global integrated delivery team in Hyderabad, India. The multi-discipline FEED will define the modifications recommended to accommodate the process fluids.


Aker BP has completed plugging 30 wells in the Valhall field centre in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, saying that it finished the task more than six years earlier and at a cost more than NKr5 billion ($600 million) lower than originally planned. Aker BP says the jack-up Maersk Invincible has left the field centre, marking the end of the plugging programme on the original drilling platform. The 30 wells were plugged in three campaigns, the first of which started in 2014. The operator had originally expected the work would last a decade and cost NKr15.5 billion, but in the end it was completed in four years for NKr10.1 billion. The first plugging campaign was carried out with the Maersk Reacher jack-up in 2014-2016, with the Maersk Invincible taking over for the second two in 2017-2018 and 2020-2021.


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