Rig: Askeladden

Name Askeladden
Owner Statoil Petroleum AS
Manager KCA Deutag Drilling Ltd.
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type High-Specification
Max Water Depth (ft) 492
Max Drill Depth (ft) 33000
Dimensions (ft) 344 x 291 x 39
Leg Length (ft) 702
Competitive No

Current Location

Country Norway
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type --
Drawworks HP 6000
Mud Pumps Type --
Top Drive --
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Gusto MSC
Rig Model CJ70-X150-ST CAT-J
Year Built 2017
Country of Build South Korea
Yard Name Geoje (Koje) Shipyard
Group Yard Name Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI)

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Equinor

News

26 Jul 2016

ALE 30,000t load-out uses unique skidding system

ALE completed the load-out of the first 30,000t CAT-J jack-up rig in July, using a unique skidding system especially designed for the project. ALE completed the load-out of the first jack-up rig for the CAT-J project at the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea. The jack-up rig, which weighed more than 30,000t, was built on top of supports on a concrete track 20m from the quayside. ALE used their own unique, self-propelled skidding system and ballasting system to load-out the jack-up rig from the quay onto a floating drydock barge. 76 skid shoes, each equipped with a 650t capacity jack, were installed underneath the rig. By extending these cylinders, the load was transferred from the building supports onto the skidding system. The three-point hydraulic suspension was created in order to control and check the stability of the system during the load-out. The ALE ballast system was installed beside the internal ballast system of the floating drydock itself. This provided sufficient ballasting capacity for the tide during the load-out and was used to compensate the barge the load was transferred from the skidding system.

31 Jan 2014

Dockwise to transport two Cat-J rigs for Statoil

Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) was awarded several contracts in January 2014 with a combined value of approximately USD 65 million. The largest contract award was from Statoil Petroleum AS for the transportation of two very large new jack-up drilling rigs. The two Cat-J rigs will be the largest and heaviest jack-up rigs ever to be transported on a heavy marine transport vessel. Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) was awarded several contracts in January 2014 with a combined value of approximately USD 65 million. The largest contract award was from Statoil Petroleum AS for the transportation of two very large new jack-up drilling rigs. The two Cat-J rigs will be the largest and heaviest jack-up rigs ever to be transported on a heavy marine transport vessel. The two rigs are on order with a South Korean yard and are scheduled to be transported to Norway between the second half 2016 and the second half 2017. Dockwise will deploy two of its largest Heavy Marine Transport vessels: the Blue Marlin and her sister vessel the new White Marlin, which will be put into service later this year. Statoil's decision to award the contract was based on several criteria. One of them was indeed the ability of Dockwise to provide two large identical Heavy Marine Transport vessels within the same timeframe. Statoil will deploy the new Cat-J rigs to contribute in production drilling on Gullfaks and Oseberg. The new rigs will be able to operate at water depths from 70 to 150 meters and drill wells down to 10,000 meters. The Cat-J rigs are tailor-made for operations in harsh environment for both surface- and subsea wells. Statoil will deploy the new Cat-J rigs to contribute in production drilling on Gullfaks and Oseberg. The new rigs will be able to operate at water depths from 70 to 150 meters and drill wells down to 10,000 meters. The Cat-J rigs are tailor-made for operations in harsh environment for both surface- and subsea wells.

4 Jun 2013

Statoil orders new rigs to extend life of Oseberg and Gullfaks fields

Statoil has awarded contracts for a pair of newbuild jackup rigs that will be built to the company’s ‘Cat-J’ specifications for operations in the Norwegian North Sea. Samsung Heavy Industries has been awarded the construction contract whilst KCA Deutag Drilling has been awarded the operator contract for the two units. The units which are believed to cost around US$650 million each will be deployed on the Gullfaks and Oseberg fields in Norway once completed with the new rigs being owned by the license of the field rather than a rig operating company or Statoil. The first of the two units is expected to begin operating in late 2016 once it has been delivered from the yard.

2 Mar 2012

New rig concept to improve recovery

Statoil is preparing an invitation to tender for a new type of drilling rig for mature fields on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The new rigs, known as category J, will be jack-ups designed by the industry on behalf of Statoil. Statoil will propose for licence groups to take on ownership of these rigs. In order to realise the full potential of the NCS, increasing drilling activity on mature fields is important. Lower rig rates, greater drilling efficiency and access to rigs are key factors to meet this challenge. The new rig concept is designed to meet these requirements. “The key to maintain today’s production level on the NCS towards 2020 is improved recovery from existing fields and fast and effective development of new fields. We need to drill more wells to deliver on our production ambitions,” says Øystein Arvid Håland, head of drilling and well in Statoil. The new category J rigs will be able to operate at water depths from 70 to 150 meters and drill wells down to 10,000 meters. It is a tailor-made jack-up rig for operations in harsh environment on both surface- and subsea wells in the shallow-water segments on the NCS. It will be a tool primarily for drilling and completion of production wells. “Statoil has the capacity and competence to drive technology and innovation to drill more efficiently and rejuvenate the rig fleet on the NCS. The new category J rigs will deliver wells 20% more efficient than conventional rigs. We aim to achieve reduced cost and time per well with safe and efficient operations,” says Håland. The rig design is currently being developed in collaboration with various industry players like hull designers, topside suppliers, construction yards and drilling contractors. “Statoil is continuously working to secure a rig fleet with the right capacities and capabilities to suit our needs. However, upgrade and adaptions on many of the existing rigs appear too costly for our requirements and challenges on the NCS. We are therefore taking steps to rejuvenate the rig fleet and ensure that the right rigs meet the right requirements,” says Jon Arnt Jacobsen, chief procurement officer in Statoil. “Now we follow up our industrial approach by proposing to take ownership of the rigs through licenses to improve economics further. As a long-term industrial player on the NCS, we look forward to working with suppliers who have competence in building and operating rigs to develop new and cost-effective solutions,” says Jacobsen. Statoil plans for invitation to tender for minimum two cat J rigs to be issued in July and for the contracts to be awarded in the 2nd half of 2012. The rigs are to be delivered in the 2nd half of 2015.

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