Rig: Maersk Highlander

Name Maersk Highlander
Owner Maersk Drilling
Manager Maersk Drilling
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type High-Specification
Max Water Depth (ft) 400
Max Drill Depth (ft) 30000
Dimensions (ft) 231 x 250 x 31
Leg Length (ft) 547
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Denmark
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

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

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Friede & Goldman
Rig Model JU-2000E
Year Built 2016
Country of Build Singapore
Yard Name Jurong Shipyard
Group Yard Name SembCorp Marine Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Ready Stacked
Operator TotalEnergies E&P UK Plc


18 Aug 2016

Maersk Highlander Named

Lady Sponsor Gretchen H. Watkins, COO at Maersk Oil, has named Maersk Drilling’s newest asset at a ceremony at Invergordon, Scotland. Maersk Highlander is now ready for the job. Maersk Highlander was named yesterday at a ceremony at Invergordon, Scotland. Maersk Drilling CEO and member of the Executive Board of The Maersk Group, Claus V. Hemmingsen, gave the commemorative speech in front of prominent guests from Maersk Oil, BP, JX Nippon, Jurong Shipyard and the local community. Maersk Highlander will soon start operations in the Culzean gas field in the North Sea where it will work for Maersk Oil and partners JX Nippon and BP. "I think we have acquired a very fine piece of equipment, a little sister to our XLE rigs," Said Claus. V. Hemmingsen in front of the large crowd. The 400ft newbuild has been at the Port of Cromarty Firth in Invergorden, Scotland, since she was transported from the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore. The harsh environment jack-up rig was acquired from a subsidiary of Hercules Offshore before delivery from the yard. Lady sponsor was Gretchen H. Watkins, COO at Maersk Oil. She stated that the contract stands testimony to the strong ties between Maersk Oil and Maersk Drilling: "Maersk Oil and Maersk Drilling share constant care as a core value and we have a tightly aligned approach to safety and employee welfare. We are confident we have a drilling partner which will meet our expectations for industry leading operational performance, and do it whilst putting safety first." Said Gretchen Watkins. Claus V. Hemmingsen highlighted recent years' significant fleet growth within Maersk Drilling: the acquisition of four deepwater drillships and four ultra-harsh environment jack-ups in response to the increasing demand for new rigs in an ever-evolving industry. Now the tide has turned and a new oil reality has arrived. However, opportunities can emerge even when facing adverse market conditions. "This rig was not originally part of our growth plans, nor was she ours from the outset. However, the opportunity of acquiring this rig and adding her to our fleet seemed obvious to us as she came with a firm long-term contract with a well-known customer and partners," Said Claus V. Hemmingsen. He admitted that it might seem a difficult challenge to take in a brand new rig in the middle of a severe industry downturn. "But in the 40+ year history of Maersk Drilling, it is far from an unknown challenge to take a new, state-of-the-art piece of drilling equipment into operation," Said Claus. V. Hemmingsen. Maersk Highlander will work on a five-yeacontract valued at approx. USD 420m, including a mobilization fee of USD 9m.

31 May 2016

Sembcorp Marine delivers jack-up rig Maersk Highlander

Sembcorp Marine, a global leader in offshore and marine engineering solutions, has delivered the high-specification jack-up rig Maersk Highlander (formerly known as Hercules Highlander) to Maersk Highlander UK Ltd. The Maersk Highlander is constructed based on the Friede & Goldman JU 2000E design and is fully compliant with UK HSE standards. It is well suited for harsh-environment operations and will be deployed in the Culzean Field Development, located in the UK sector of the North Sea. As a heavy-duty offshore drilling asset, the Maersk Highlander can operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to 30,000 feet deep. Its notable capabilities include a 2-million-pound drilling capacity, 6,000 barrels of mud capacity, 28,000-kip preload capacity for the legs, and an accommodation facility that houses up to 150 workers. The rig’s construction started in September 2014 and was completed on schedule with an excellent safety record of zero near-misses and reportable cases. This is testament to the high standard of workplace safety and health upheld by all personnel involved in the project, including Sembcorp Marine’s vendor partners. Sembcorp Marine President and CEO Wong Weng Sun said: “Other than an outstanding safety record, the successful Maersk Highlander project reinforces Sembcorp Marine’s solid reputation as an efficient and reliable rig builder, supported by strong production capabilities as well as highly competent project management and technical personnel. As a technology-driven company, we are constantly seeking ways to innovate and offer the most effective solutions to our customers.”

27 May 2016

Maersk Drilling acquires newbuild harsh environment jack-up rig with a five-year drilling contract

Maersk Drilling has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the newbuild harsh environment jack-up rig, formerly named Hercules Highlander, from a subsidiary of Hercules Offshore (Nasdaq: HERO) and with immediate delivery from Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd (Jurong) in Singapore. According to the agreement, Maersk Drilling assumes the right to take delivery of the rig and Maersk Drilling settles the final payment of approx. USD 190m with Jurong. After delivery, the rig will be mobilised to the North Sea to commence a five-year drilling contract with Maersk Oil and its partners, BP and JX Nippon, on the Culzean gas field offshore UK. The value of the five-year drilling contract is approx. USD 420m, including a mobilisation fee of USD 9m. “This agreement represents an opportunity for Maersk Drilling to acquire a newbuild harsh environment jack-up backed by a firm long-term contract. We look forward to working with Maersk Oil and its partners on the Culzean gas field,” says CEO in Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group, Claus V. Hemmingsen. The rig design is Friede & Goldman JU2000E, categorised as a 400ft rig, with 30,000ft drilling depth and HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) capabilities. The rig has accommodation capacity for up to 150 personnel. The rig will enter the Maersk Drilling fleet under the name Maersk Highlander, and after the acquisition, Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet counts 23 rigs with an additional harsh environment jack-up rig under construction.

21 May 2014

Hercules Offshore announces construction of newbuild jackup

Hercules Offshore, Inc. (Hercules) has announced that it has signed a five year drilling contract with Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited for a newbuild jackup rig to be owned and operated by Hercules Offshore. Total contract value is approximately USD420 million, which includes approximately USD9 million of mobilization fees. Contract commencement is expected in mid-2016, upon arrival of the unit in the North Sea from Singapore. Hercules has also signed a rig construction contract with Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd (JSL) in Singapore. The rig is based on the Friede & Goldman JU-2000E design, with enhancements that will provide for greater load-bearing capabilities and operational flexibility. These enhancements are based on collaborative efforts between Maersk Oil, JSL and Hercules. In addition, this High Specification, Harsh Environment (HSHE) rig will feature a 400 foot water depth rating, 30,000 foot drilling capacity, two million pounds of static hook load, 75 foot cantilever reach, off-line pipe handling capability, 15,000 psi blowout preventer systems, high pressure/high temperature rating and accommodations capacity for up to 150 personnel. The shipyard cost of the rig is estimated at approximately USD236 million. Including project management, spares, commissioning and other costs, total delivery cost is estimated at approximately USD270 million. Hercules initially pays 10% of the shipyard cost, or approximately USD24 million to JSL, followed by a second 10% payment one year after the initial payment. The final 80% of the shipyard payment is due upon delivery of the rig, estimated in April 2016. John T. Rynd, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hercules Offshore stated, "The contract with Maersk Oil is a great achievement for our organization and marks another significant milestone in the development of our Company. Strategically, this opportunity further demonstrates our worldwide capabilities and expands our operational footprint to the North Sea with a leading operator in the region. The rig will operate in the Central North Sea to develop Maersk Oil's high profile Culzean Field. The decision by Maersk Oil to contract a newbuild rig with specific enhancements was driven by the unique challenges to develop this field. Given these enhancements, we expect demand for this rig in the North Sea to extend well beyond the initial five year fixed contract term, with two (2) one-year unpriced options. The newbuild unit is the first jackup order placed solely by Hercules for a number of years. The rig manager was involved in the construction of the ‘Hercules Resilience’ and ‘Hercules Triumph’ both of which were launched in 2013 and will manage the ‘Perisai Pacific 101’ unit upon its delivery from the shipyard in Singapore in 2014.

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