Rig: Maersk Explorer

Name Maersk Explorer
Owner Maersk Drilling
Manager Maersk Drilling
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Midwater Floater
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 3280
Max Drill Depth (ft) 30000
Dimensions (ft) 311 x 212 x 115
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Azerbaijan
Region Middle East

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco UDBEL 2040
Drawworks HP 4000
Mud Pumps Type AKMH Wirth TPK 2200
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco PS2
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Gusto MSC
Rig Model DSS 20-CAS-M
Year Built 2003
Country of Build Azerbaijan
Yard Name Caspian Shipyard
Group Yard Name Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Ready Stacked
Operator --


17 Jul 2015

Maersk Drilling secures five year extension in Azerbaijan

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a five-year contract extension for the semi-submersible Heydar Aliyev (Maersk Explorer) rig with BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) Limited acting as Operator of the Shah Deniz field . The rig will continue working on the development of the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan. The extension is in direct continuation of the current contract ending May 2016 and extends the contract until May 2021. The estimated value of the contract extension is up to USD523m. “We are very pleased with the extension for the Heydar Aliyev rig and look forward to continue our long standing cooperation with BP,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group, and continues: “With this contract we continue to build our contract backlog providing further revenue visibility. It is very encouraging that we continue to build backlog in this very challenging market.”

25 Jul 2003

Keppel to deliver new generation semi-submersible rig to Maersk

Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M) will deliver a new generation semi-submersible rig to Maersk Contractors two weeks ahead of schedule in mid August 2003. The rig was named LIDER in a ceremony that was attended by more that 1000 guests at Caspian Shipyard Company (CSC) in Baku, Azerbaijan yesterday. Mr Tage Bundgaard, President of Maersk Contractors, said, “We are proud of this new highly advanced rig. We fully expect LIDER to prove its state-of-the-art capabilities during the upcoming contract with Exxon Azerbaijan and other operators in the Caspain region. Caspian Shipyard Company has proved to be a very proficient rig constructor and we hope that this will be the first of many Maersk rigs to be working in the Caspian Sea.” LIDER will be contracted to Exxon Azerbaijan Operating Company LLC and Chevron Overseas Petroleum Azerbaijan Limited for a three-year drilling programme.

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