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14 July 2015

Maersk Drilling has decided to decommission the Maersk Endurer rig from its operational fleet and recycle the rig at Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling in China. “Given the current market situation and the oversupply of drilling rigs in the offshore market, there is a strong need to retire older rigs. Therefore, Maersk Drilling has decided to decommission its oldest rig in the fleet, Maersk Endurer,” says Morten Pilnov, Head of Global Sales in Maersk Drilling. The rig will be transported to Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling in mid-July 2015, and it will take approximately 15 weeks to recycle the rig. “It is Maersk Drilling’s ambition to decommission Maersk Endurer in a safe and responsible way with minimal environmental impact. Therefore, Maersk Drilling has chosen Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling to recycle Maersk Endurer. Maersk Drilling has furthermore engaged Sea2Cradle to carry out inspections and supervise the entire process,” Morten Pilnov explains and continues: “We chose this option because we consider it to be the safest and most cost-effective approach, with the lowest environmental risks. Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling is a state-of-the-art rig recycling facility, and the facility complies with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and the European Union Ship Recycling Regulation.” The Maersk Endurer is Maersk Drilling’s oldest rig in the fleet. The rig is a jack-up rig, and it was built in 1984, and has latest been working offshore Cameroon.

Source: http://www.maerskdrilling.com/en/media-center/press-release-archive/2015/7/decommissioning-of-maersk-drillings-rig-maersk-endurer?ec_as=817808C062CC48E7B4D2C7F5CB6F61B6


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4 Sep 2014

Statoil fails to make commercial discovery with Martin prospect

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25 Sep 2014

Maersk Drilling names fourth UDW drillship

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16 Oct 2014

Chevron extends 'Maersk Deliverer' contract in Angola

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27 Oct 2014

Short term contract for 'Maersk Venturer'

Maersk Drilling’s third drillship, Maersk Venturer, which was delivered 25th September 2014 from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si in South-Korea, has secured a short term contract with oil major Total. Maersk Venturer will commence a one well programme offshore Malaysia with an estimated duration of 45 days with potential extension up to 40 days. The drilling programme is expected to start in December 2014 following acceptance testing. The estimated revenue from the firm 45 days period is USD 17 million. “Total is a highly valued customer of Maersk Drilling and we see the contract award as a reflection of our long and good collaboration over the years. We are happy to get the Maersk Venturer out working, especially with the short term challenges in the floater market, and we remain confident that we can secure another good contract for the drillship, when this short term contracts ends,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group.

24 Nov 2014

Maersk Drilling confirm extension for 'Maersk Resolute'

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1 Dec 2014

Statoil set to spud Julius prospect using 'Maersk Gallant'

Statoil is the operator for exploration licences 146 and 333 in block 2/4 in the southern part of the North Sea. Exploration well 2/4-23 is to be drilled in a prospect called Julius. The site is 15 km north of the Ekofisk field and around 260 km from Lista, the closest land. Water depth at the site is approx. 68 metres. Drilling is scheduled to begin in late December 2014 and estimated to last 154 days. A possible sidetrack, designated 2/4-23 A, will take a further 67 days.

10 Dec 2014

'Maersk Interceptor' jackup recieves AOC

Maersk Drilling has received the PSA's Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the Maersk Interceptor jackup drilling facility. Maersk Interceptor is a jackup drilling facility, delivered by the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in 2014. The facility is owned by Maersk AS and will be operated by Maersk Drilling Norge AS. The unit is contracted for operations in Norway by Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA (DNO) until December 2019

16 Dec 2014

Det Norske to spud Ivar Aasen appraisal wells with 'Maersk Interceptor'

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap AS a drilling permit for wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility from the joint position 58°55’41.704’’ north, 02°13’23.042’’ east in production licence 001 B. 16/1-21 S will be drilled first in the reservoir to the north, while 16/1-21 A will subsequently be drilled in the reservoir to the southeast. The drilling programme for wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A relates to appraisal wells on the Ivar Aasen field, where Det norske is the operator with an ownership interest of 34.7862 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 41.4730 per cent, Bayerngas Norge AS with 12.3173 per cent, Wintershall Norge AS with 6.4615 per cent, VNG Norge AS with 3.0230 per cent, Lundin Norway AS with 1.3850 per cent and OMV (Norge) AS with 0.5540 per cent. The area in this licence consists of part of block 16/1. The wells will be drilled in the eastern part of the Ivar Aasen field in the central part of the North Sea. On 1 September 1999, production licence 001 B was carved out of production licence 001, which was awarded on 1 September 1965 (Round 1-A). These are the fifth and sixth exploration wells to be drilled within the licence area and the seventh and eighth on the Ivar Aasen field. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

18 Dec 2014

PSA approves 'Maersk Interceptor' for Ivar Aasen drilling

Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) is the operator on the Ivar Aasen field, in block 16/1 in the central North Sea. The field is around 175 kilometres west of Karmøy in Rogaland county. Det norske will be drilling three appraisal wells, designated 16/1-21 S, 16/1-21 A and 16/1-22. The first two consist of a main bore and a sidetrack, meaning that the three wells will be drilled from two different locations.The combined duration of the drilling activities will be 153 days. The water depth at the two locations is 113 and 111 metres. The wells will be drilled using the Maersk Interceptor mobile drilling facility, operated by Maersk Drilling Norge AS. The facility was delivered by the Keppel FELS Shipyard in Singapore in 2014. It is registered in Singapore and classified by DNV GL.

22 Jan 2015

'Maersk Interceptor' begins Ivar Aasen drilling

The drilling rig Maersk Interceptor has commenced the drilling programme on the Ivar Aasen field in the North Sea. The campaign has a duration of three years and comprises a total of 15 wells in addition to three pilot wells. Det norske oljeselskap (“Det norske”) is the operator of the Ivar Aasen field (production licenses 001B, 028B, 242, 338 and 457). The drilling programme for the Ivar Aasen field kicks off with the drilling of three pilot wells for further mapping of the underground. The drilling of pilot wells will be concluded by the summer of 2015. The three upcoming pilot wells are important to the licensees. They will enable us to retrieve important reservoir information at an earlier stage. This will create added value for the Ivar Aasen licence, says Inge Sundet, the drilling manager for Ivar Aasen. The drilling campaign on Ivar Aasen will be carried out by the drilling rig Maersk Interceptor, the world’s largest jack-up rig. The rig has been contracted by Det norske for a period of five years, with an option of additional two years. The Ivar Aasen field is planned developed with a total of 15 wells; eight production wells and seven water injection wells. The Ivar Aasen field comprises three deposits: Ivar Aasen, West Cable and Hanz. Ivar Aasen is located west of the Johan Sverdrup field and contains 210 million barrels of oil equivalents. Production start-up is planned for the fourth quarter of 2016. The economic life of the field may be 20 years, depending on oil price and production trends. Det norske oljeselskap ASA is the operator for the Ivar Aasen development, holding a 34.7862 per cent interest in the field. Partners are Statoil, Bayerngas, Wintershall, VNG, Lundin and OMV.

28 Jan 2015

Maersk Drilling takes delivery of third XLE jackup rig

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its third ultra harsh environment jack-up, XLE-3, from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore ahead of schedule. The rig will start her mobilisation to the Norwegian North Sea in late February, where she after arrival, will commence a contract of four years firm with 2x1 year options with Statoil for development drilling on the Gina Krog field in the Norwegian North Sea. The rig, which will be named at a ceremony in Singapore in February, is the third in a series of four newbuild ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet in 2014-16. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of USD 2.6bn. The first three jack-up rigs have now been delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard, and the fourth will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016.

13 Feb 2015

Statoil discovers oil at Romeo prospect

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 146, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 2/4-22 S. The well was drilled about 20 kilometres north of the Ekofisk field and 2.3 kilometres northeast of the 2/4-21 discovery in the southern part of the North Sea. The primary exploration target for well 2/4-22 S was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks in the Permian (in the Rotliegend group). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks in the Middle Jurassic (the Bryne formation). In its primary exploration target, the well encountered a 27-metre total oil column in the Rotliegend group, 24 metres of which was sandstone of good reservoir quality. In its secondary exploration target, the well encountered oil columns in two intervals in the Bryne formation, where the top interval also extends into the overlying Ula formation in the Upper Jurassic. No oil/water contact was encountered in either of the intervals in the Jurassic. The Bryne formation has a 46-metre total oil column, about 30 metres of which is sandstone of good to poor reservoir quality. The Bryne and Ula formations have a 49-metre total oil column, about 15 metres of which are from multiple thin sandstone layers with good to poor reservoir quality. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. Preliminary estimates of the size of the discovery range between 0.7 and 2 million Sm3 of recoverable oil equivalents. Further studies are needed in order to determine whether the discovery can be included as part of a future development of the area. This is the ninth exploration well in production licence 146. The license was awarded in the 12th licensing round in 1988. Well 2/4-22 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 4834 metres below sea level and was terminated in the Rotliegend group. Water depth at the site is 67 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 2/4-22 S was drilled by the Maersk Gallant drilling facility, which will now move on to drill exploration well 2/4-23 in the same production licence.

16 Feb 2015

Maersk Drilling names third XLE jackup in Singapore

Maersk Drilling’s third XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jack-up was named Saturday morning at a ceremony held at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore. Mrs. Margareth Øvrum, Executive Vice President in Statoil, honoured Maersk Drilling by naming the rig Maersk Integrator. Maersk Integrator is the third in a series of four ultra-harsh environment jackup rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of USD2.6bn. The first three jackup rigs, including Maersk Intregrator, have now all been delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard. The fourth will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016. After delivery from the yard, Maersk Intregator will mobilise to the North Sea and commence a four year firm contract with Statoil for drilling on the Gina Krog field in the Norwegian North Sea. The estimated contract value for the firm contract is USD620 million.

2 Mar 2015

Maersk Drilling secures contract for 'Maersk Voyager'

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract from Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd., a subsidiary of Eni, for employment of the newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager. The firm contract period is 3.5 years with an option to extend by one year. The total estimated revenue from the firm contract is USD545 million including mobilisation and cost escalations. Maersk Voyager will work on the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Project offshore Ghana with expected commencement in July 2015. “We are very pleased to be chosen by Eni and its partners Vitol and GNPC for this project offshore Ghana and we look forward to working together with the OCTP JV over the next 3.5 years. West Africa has been a strategic focus area for Maersk Drilling, since we embarked on our deepwater expansion, and with this contract we expand our presence in the promising West African deepwater market,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group. Maersk Voyager is the last in a series of four ultra-deepwater drillships in Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet. The rig was delivered on 6 February 2015 from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si in South-Korea. The four drillships represent a total investment of USD2.6 billion.

2 Mar 2015

Statoil granted drilling permit for Julius prospect

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 2/4-23. Well 2/4-23 will be drilled from the Mærsk Gallant drilling facility in position 56°41’42.70’’ north and 03°06’18.10” east. The drilling programme for well 2/4-23 relates to the drilling of an exploration well in production licence 146. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with a 77.8 per cent ownership interest. Total E&P Norge AS is the licensee with 22.2 per cent. Production licence 146 was awarded to Saga Petroleum in 1988 in the 12th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. The area in this production licence is located in the southern part of the North Sea and encompasses parts of block 2/4. The well will be drilled about 18 kilometres north of the Ekofisk field. There has been previous drilling activity in the production licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling activity commences.

6 Mar 2015

'Maersk Guardian' prepares to drill final well on Brynhild

The Brynhild oil field commenced production on the 25th December 2014 with an initial production rate confirming that the field was capable of producing at the previously announced plateau rate of 12,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd). However due to certain operational issues in relation to the Haewene Brim FPSO, the field has been shut-in since the middle of January 2015. The operational issues which have caused the shut-in relate mainly to a leak identified in the gas injection flexible line and to a damaged connection point between one of the mooring chains and the riser buoy. The gas injection line has been successfully repaired and the damage to the mooring line connection point has been inspected and the process of rectifying the connection point has commenced. Production has now re-commenced with the ramp-up to plateau production expected to continue over the next few weeks. The drilling of the third well of a four well campaign has now been completed. The Maersk Guardian jack up rig has now skidded to the fourth slot and the final well will be drilled before the rig begins simultaneous completion operations.

9 Mar 2015

BP makes gas discovery with Atoll-1

BP Egypt announced today another important gas discovery in the North Damietta Offshore Concession in the East Nile Delta. The “Atoll-1” deepwater exploration well, currently being drilled using the 6th generation semi-submersible rig “Maersk Discoverer,” has reached 6,400 metres depth and penetrated approximately 50 metres of gas pay in high quality Oligocene sandstones. Expected to be the deepest well ever drilled in Egypt, the Atoll well still has another 1 kilometre to drill to test the same reservoir section found to be gas bearing in BP’s significant 2013 Salamat discovery, 15 kilometres to the south. Bob Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive, commented: “Success in Atoll further increases our confidence in the quality of the Nile Delta as a world class gas basin. This is the second significant discovery in the licence after Salamat. The estimated potential in the concession exceeds 5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) and we now have a positive starting point for the next possible major project in Egypt after BP’s West Nile Delta project.” Commenting on the discovery, Hesham Mekawi, BP North Africa Regional President said: “The Atoll discovery is a great outcome for our second well in this core exploration programme in the East Nile Delta. It demonstrates BP’s continuous efforts to help in meeting Egypt’s energy demands by exploring the potential in the offshore Nile Delta. We are proud of our commitment to unlock Egypt’s exploration potential that requires large investments to utilise using the latest drilling and seismic technologies.” Atoll-1 was drilled in 923m water depth around 80km north of Damietta city, 15km north of Salamat and only 45 km to the north west of Temsah offshore facilities. BP has 100% equity in the discovery.

10 Apr 2015

Det Norske given approval to drill appraisal well on Ivar Aasen

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate granted Det norske oljeselskap AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-22 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/1-22 S will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility at position 58°54’23.1’’ north 02°09’43.2’’ east in production licence 001 B, after completing the drilling of appraisal wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A. The drilling programme for well 16/1-22 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well on the Ivar Aasen field, where Det norske is the operator with an ownership interest of 34.7862 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 41.4730 per cent, Bayerngas Norge AS with 12.3173 per cent, Wintershall Norge AS with 6.4615 per cent, VNG Norge AS with 3.0230 per cent, Lundin Norway AS with 1.3850 per cent and OMV (Norge) AS with 0.5540 per cent. The area in this licence consists of part of block 16/1. The well was drilled in the south-western part of the Ivar Aasen field in the central part of the North Sea. On 1 September 1999, production licence 001 B was carved out of production licence 001, which was awarded on 1 September 1965 (Round 1-A). This is the seventh exploration well to be drilled within the licence area and the ninth on the Ivar Aasen field. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

22 Apr 2015

Det Norske completes two Ivar Aasen appraisal wells

Det norske oljeselskap AS, operator of production licence 001 B, has completed drilling of appraisal wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A on the Ivar Aasen field. The field is located in the central part of the North Sea and was proven in 2008. The size of the field prior to drilling of these two appraisal wells was 24 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil, 1 million Sm3 of recoverable condensate and 4.5 billion Sm3 of recoverable gas. The primary target for wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A was to investigate reservoir rocks and reservoir quality, as well as the extent of an overlying gas cap in the eastern part of the field in Middle Jurassic to upper Triassic reservoir rocks (the Hugin, Sleipner and Skagerrak formations, as well as the Statfjord group). In addition, 16/1-21 S had a secondary exploration target in overlying Paleocene reservoir rocks (the Heimdal formation). 16/1-21 S encountered a total oil column of 54 metres, of which 25 metres were of good to very good reservoir quality in the Skagerrak formation. The oil is undersaturated, which is also the case in the eastern part of the field (16/1-16 and 16/1-16 A). The gas/oil ratio (GOR) in the oil zone is 130-145 Sm3/Sm3. The oil/water contact was not encountered, but was calculated at approx. 2436 metres, which is 2 metres deeper than previously assumed in the Skagerrak formation. Gas was not encountered in the well. In the Heimdal formation, the well encountered 27 metres of aquiferous sandstone of good to very good quality. 16/1-21 A encountered a total oil column of 41 metres and a 4-metre gas column, of which a total of 29 metres was of very good reservoir quality in the Sleipner and Skagerrak formations. The oil in the Sleipner formation is saturated, while the oil in the Skagerrak formation is largely undersaturated. The oil/water contact was not encountered. The well results have yielded valuable information as regards the final location of production and injection wells. Further work going forward will integrate the new data and contribute to increased field understanding. The Ivar Aase field field consists of production licences 001 B, 028 B, 242, 338 BS and 457. The Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) was submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on 21 December 2012. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. These are the fourth and fifth appraisal wells in production licence 001 B. This production licence was carved out of production licence 001 on 15 December 1999. PL001 was originally awarded on 1 September 1965 (round 1-A). Wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A were drilled to measured depths of 2630 and 3313 metres, respectively, and vertical depths of 2530 and 2463 metres below the sea surface. Both were terminated in the Skagerrak formation in the Upper Triassic. The wells have been permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth at the site is 113 metres. The wells were drilled by the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility, which will now continue drilling appraisal well 16/1-22 S in the western part of the Ivar Aasen field.

5 May 2015

Otto Energy contracts 'Maersk Venturer' for Philippines drilling

Otto Energy Ltd (“Otto”) has announced that it has signed a contract to secure the Maersk Venturer drillship for its Hawkeye-1 exploration well in the Philippines. The window of commencement for mobilisation to the Hawkeye-1 drilling location is between 17th July and 15th August 2015. Otto is in the process of securing key services and equipment in the build up to mobilisation. Once it has reached the drilling location, the Maersk Venturer is expected to take 23 days to drill the well until rig release. The unit is currently ready stacked in Labuan, Malaysia.

28 May 2015

Det Norske set to drill new appraisal at Ivar Aasen field

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-22 A, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/1-22 A will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility in position 58°54’23.1’’ north and 02°09’43.2’’ east in production licence 001 B, after completing drilling of appraisal well 16/1-22 S. The drilling programme for well 16/1-22 A relates to the drilling of an appraisal well on the Ivar Aasen field, where Det norske is the operator with an ownership interest of 34.7862 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS (41.4730 per cent), Bayerngas Norge AS (12.3173 per cent), Wintershall Norge AS (6.4615 per cent), VNG Norge AS (3.0230 per cent), Lundin Norway AS (1.3850 per cent) and OMV (Norge) AS (0.5540 per cent). The area in this licence is part of block 16/1. The well will be drilled in the south-western part of the Ivar Aasen field in the central part of the North Sea. Production licence 001 B was carved out on 1 September 1999 from production licence 001, which was awarded on 1 September 1965 (Licensing Round 1-A). This is the eighth exploration well to be drilled within the licence area, and the tenth on the Ivar Aasen field. The permit is conditional upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

8 Jun 2015

PSA gives AOC to 'Maersk Integrator'

Maersk Drilling has received the PSA's Acknowledgement of Compliance (“AoC”) for the Maersk Integrator jack-up drilling facility. Maersk Integrator is a jack-up drilling facility, delivered by the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in 2014. The facility will be operated by Maersk Drilling Norge AS. In total, 57 mobile facilities have received an Acknowledgement of Compliance from the PSA. It is the PSA's assessment that petroleum activities may be carried out using the Maersk Integrator facility within the regulatory framework. The validity of the Acknowledgement of Compliance assumes that Maersk Drilling Norge AS ensures that the facility and relevant parts of the company’s organisation and management systems are maintained, to fulfil the terms and conditions set out in the PSA’s decision.

16 Jun 2015

PSA approves 'Maersk Integrator' for Gina Krog drilling

Statoil has received consent to use the Maersk Integrator jackup for production drilling and completion of fourteen wells at the Gina Krog field in Norway. Gina Krog is an oil and gas discovery situated around 250 kilometres west of Stavanger and 30 kilometres north-west of the Sleipner A facility. Water depth at the site is approximately 110 metres. The development concept is a new steel platform and an oil storage vessel with a capacity of 850,000 barrels. The field was proven in 1974. The reservoir contains oil and gas in Middle Jurassic sandstone in the Hugin formation. Statoil has now received consent from the PSA to use Maersk Integrator to drill and complete new production wells on the field.

16 Jun 2015

PSA approves use of 'Maersk Gallant' for P&A at Eldfisk

The PSA has granted ConocoPhillips consent to use the Maersk Gallant jackup drilling rig for plugging and abandoning a production well at Eldfisk 2/7 A. Eldfisk is an oil field lying due south of Ekofisk in 70-75 metres of water in the southern North Sea. Production began in 1979. Mærsk Gallant is a jack-up drilling facility, built at Far East Levingston Shipbuilding (FELS) in Singapore in 1993. The facility is operated by Maersk Contractors Norge A/S. It received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in August 2002. The Petroleum Safety Authority (“PSA”) Norway has now granted consent to use Maersk Gallant at Eldfisk in accordance with ConocoPhillips's application.

19 Jun 2015

Lundin to plug former appraisal well with 'Maersk Guardian'

Lundin has received consent to use the Maersk Guardian jackup to permanently plug well 7/8-5 S. The work is expected to take around 18 days. Well 7/8-5 S was an appraisal well for the Krabbe discovery, it was drilled in April 2006, but it turned out to be a dry well.

19 Jun 2015

PSA performs audit of 'Maersk Gallant'

Between 16th and 20th March 2015, the Petroleum Safety Authority (“PSA”) carried out an audit of Statoil and Maersk Drilling concerning HPHT drilling operations at the 2/4-22 Romeo and 2/4-23 Julius exploration wells using the Maersk Gallant jackup. The objective of the audit was to verify Statoil and Maersk Drilling's planning, experience transfer and execution of high pressure, high temperature exploration drilling of the Romeo and Julius exploration wells. The results of the audit found that non-conformities were identified in connection with; working environment committee and working environment measures. The PSA has issued additional improvement points and have given Statoil and Maersk Drilling a dealing of the August 1st 2015 to report on how it plans to deal with the points raised.

2 Jul 2015

Det Norske completes two Ivar Aasen appraisal wells

Det norske oljeselskap AS, operator of the Ivar Aasen field, has completed the drilling of appraisal wells 16/1-22 S, 16/1-22 A and 16/1-22 B. The field is located in the central part of the North Sea and was proven in 2008. The size of the field prior to drilling the appraisal wells was 24 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil, 1 million Sm3 of recoverable condensate and 4.5 billion Sm3 of recoverable gas. The objective of well 16/1-22 S was to investigate reservoir rocks and reservoir quality, as well as secure depth control along the west flank of the field in Middle Jurassic to Upper Triassic reservoir rocks (the Hugin, Sleipner and Skagerrak formations) in order to optimise well sites with a view to the drainage strategy. Sidetracks 16/1-22 A and 16/1-22 B were drilled 1000 metres northeast and 1350 metres north, respectively, of 16/1-22 S in order to investigate reservoir rocks and perform additional data acquisition. 16/1-22 A also aimed to investigate an underlying seismic anomaly. 16/1-22 S encountered a 3-metre oil column in sandstone of good to very good reservoir quality in the Skagerrak formation. The oil is saturated with a gas/oil ratio of about 160 Sm3/Sm3, as is the case otherwise in the western part of the field (16/1-11, 16/1-11 A and 16/1-9). The oil/water contact was not encountered, but was calculated at about 2435 metres, which is deeper than the previously calculated oil/water contact for the Skagerrak formation (16/1-11 A). 16/1-22 A encountered a total oil column of about 55 metres in the Skagerrak formation, 30 metres of which was in sandstone of varying reservoir quality, from moderate to very good. The oil/water contact was not encountered. The seismic anomaly is linked to the top of a total oil column of about 25 metres in underlying sandstone (alluvial fan), 15 metres of which had moderate reservoir properties. The oily part of the alluvial fan is not included in the field's previously reported reserves. 16/1-22 B encountered a total oil column of about 45 metres in the Skagerrak formation, 25 metres of which was in sandstone of good to very good reservoir quality. The oil/water contact was not encountered. None of the wells were formation-tested, but comprehensive data collection and sampling was conducted. The results have yielded valuable information as regards the final location of production and water injection wells. Gas was not encountered in the wells. The Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of the Ivar Aasen field was submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on 21 December 2012. Wells 16/1-22 S, 16/1-22 A 16/1-22 B were drilled to measured depths of 2640, 2896 and 3215 metres, respectively, and vertical depths of 2562, 2468 and 2501 metres below the sea surface. They were all terminated in the Skagerrak formation in the Upper Triassic. The wells have been permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth at the site is 113 metres. The wells were drilled by the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility, which will now continue production drilling on the Ivar Aasen field once the platform's jacket has been installed.

2 Jul 2015

Premier receives approval to drill Myrhauk prospect

Premier Oil Norge AS (“Premier”) has received consent to drill exploration well 3/7-10 S in the southern part of the North Sea. Premier is the operator of production licence 539 in block 3/7 in the North Sea. The formation to be drilled into is called Myrhauk and is around 240 kilometres from the nearest mainland at Lista. Drilling is scheduled to begin in August 2015 and estimated to last 62 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. The well will be drilled by Mærsk Guardian which is a jack-up mobile drilling facility. It is owned and operated by the A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group. It was built in Japan by Hitachi and completed in 1986.

2 Jul 2015

Otto Energy to mobilise 'Maersk Venturer' towards end of July

Otto Energy Ltd (“Otto”) is pleased to announce it has issued Maersk Drilling with formal notice in respect of the mobilisation of the Maersk Venturer drillship to the Hawkeye-1 exploration well location. Mobilisation to the drilling location will commence on 31st July 2015 and is expected to take around 1 to 2 days, with drilling operations to commence upon arrival of the rig on location. Drilling is expected to take around 23 days at the location.

2 Jul 2015

NPD approves Myrhauk prospect drilling

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Premier Oil Norge AS a drilling permit for well 3/7-10 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. The well will be drilled from the Mærsk Guardian drilling facility in position 56°27’10.62’’ north and 4°04’46.18’’ east. The drilling programme for well 3/7-10 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 539. Premier Oil Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Suncor Energy Norge AS (20 per cent), DEA Norge AS (12 per cent) and Ithaca Petroleum Norge AS (eight per cent). Production licence 539 was awarded in APA 2009. The area in the production license is located in the southern part of the North Sea, in the western part of the border block 3/7. Well 3/7-10 S is the first exploration well in this production licence. The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling activity commences.

6 Jul 2015

'Maersk Discoverer' finished well 62 days ahead of time

At the beginning of May 2015, the crew on-board the Maersk Discoverer reached a great milestone when they finalised their latest well two months ahead of time. The well was another East Nile Delta success for BP, discovering 50 m of gas pay in high-quality Oligocene sandstones. On 5th May, Maersk Discoverer completed the deepest well ever drilled in Egypt and the longest ever drilled in the Mediterranean Sea. What makes the well an even greater success is that it was drilled in 234 days, which was a staggering 62 days ahead of BP’s AFE target, thus creating a substantial cost saving.

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.”

24 Jul 2015

Statoil announces discovery at Julius

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 146, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 2/4-23 S. The well was drilled about 17 kilometres northeast of the Ekofisk field, near the 2/4-21 (King Lear) discovery in the southern part of the North Sea. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ula formation) and Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Bryne formation), as well as to delineate the 2/4-21 discovery (King Lear), which was proven in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Farsund formation) in the summer of 2012. Before well 2/4-23 S was drilled, the operator's resource estimate for King Lear was between 11 and 32 million standard cubic metres of recoverable oil equivalents. The secondary exploration target for 2/4-23 S was to prove petroleum in Upper Triassic reservoir rocks (the Skagerrak formation). In the primary exploration target, the well encountered 41 metres of gas/condensate-filled sandstone rocks in the Ula formation, with moderate reservoir quality. The petroleum/water contact was not encountered. Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery at between 2.5 and 12 million Sm3 of recoverable oil equivalents. The well also encountered 30 gross metres of water-filled sandstone with poor reservoir quality in the Bryne formation. In addition, the well encountered a 20-metre thick gas/condensate column in the Farsund formation, in two zones of five metre thick reservoir rocks with moderate/good reservoir quality, which confirmed pressure communication with the 2/4-21 King Lear discovery. Delineation of the 2/4-21 discovery will not lead to any change in the resource estimates. The Skagerrak formation had poor reservoir quality and was water-filled. The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The licensees will assess the discoveries together, with a view toward an optimal development. This is the fourteenth exploration well in production licence 146, which was awarded in the 12th licensing round. Well 2/4-23 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 5548 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in sandstone in the Skagerrak formation in the Upper Triassic. Water depth at the site is 68 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 2/4-23 S was drilled by the Mærsk Gallant, which will now proceed to PL 018 to do well work on the Eldfisk field in the North Sea.

27 Jul 2015

Maersk Drilling announces contract extension in Norway

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract extension for the jackup rig Mærsk Innovator with ConocoPhillips Norway for work on the Eldfisk field, part of the greater Ekofisk area, offshore Norway. The duration of the contract extension is 16 months. The extension is in direct continuation of the current contract expiring in February 2017, thus keeping the rig continuously contracted until June 2018. The estimated value of the contract extension is USD142m. “We are very pleased to see the Mærsk Innovator continue to work for ConocoPhillips,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group. Mærsk Innovator has been working for ConocoPhillips since 2010.

30 Jul 2015

'Maersk Venturer' arrives at Philippines drilling location

Red Emperor Resources NL (“Red Emperor”) is pleased to announce that the load-out of the Maersk Venturer drilling rig has been completed with the vessel now at the Hawkeye drilling location. Drilling will commence over the coming weekend once the rig has been accurately secured over the required drilling location. As one of the most modern and advanced drillships in the world, the Maersk Venturer has the required capability to drill the Hawkeye-1 exploration well, with the drilling program expected to last 23 days. The exploration well has been designed to reach the top of target reservoir approximately 1,000m below the sea bed floor and intersect the gas oil contact to prove or otherwise the presence of the oil leg. Red Emperor intends to update the market weekly on the progress of operations.

4 Aug 2015

Otto spuds Hawkeye-1

Otto Energy Ltd (“Otto”) has provided the following update on the drilling of the Hawkeye-1 exploration well, offshore Palawan Basin in the Philippines as at 0600 hours (AWST) on 3rd August 2015. Progress The Hawkeye-1 exploration well was spud at 1610 hours (AWST) on 31st July 2015. The 36” conductor was run to 1,906 metres and the 26” hole subsequently drilled to 2,449 metres. Current operations are to cement the 20” casing string. Forward Plan The forward plan is to connect the blow-out preventer to the wellhead and pressure test before commencing to drill the 17 ½” hole to just above the primary target reservoir. The next update will be provided once the 12 ?” section is drilled into the primary target reservoir, anticipated to occur about two weeks from now. The Hawkeye-1 exploration well will be plugged and abandoned upon completion of drilling and logging. All measurements are from the rig rotary table.

17 Aug 2015

Otto Energy makes sub-commercial find at Hawkeye-1

Red Emperor Resources NL (“Red Emperor”) has provided the following update with respect to the drilling of the Hawkeye-1 exploration well, offshore Palawan Basin in the Philippines. The Hawkeye-1 exploration well was drilled to the planned total depth of 2,920m with the top reservoir intersected at 2,710m. Hydrocarbons were logged between 2,710m – 2,737m in reservoir of variable quality. The upper reservoir section between 2,710m – 2,724m is interpreted to be gas bearing at sub-commercial volumes. The second, poorer quality reservoir (2,724m – 2,737m) provided evidence of fluorescence, usually an indicator of liquid hydrocarbons, from hand cutting returns. Unfortunately, even if confirmed oil bearing, the combination of poor reservoir and low net pay would render the potential oil leg sub-commercial. Below 2,737m water was inferred from log observations in a reservoir sequence of good quality. While the Hawkeye-1 exploration well has proven the existence of hydrocarbons in SC55, the hydrocarbon size discovered appears to be at the low end of expectations and not likely economic to develop. Hawkeye-1 will now be plugged and abandoned with results from the well to be analysed with respect to other prospects, including Cinco, in the license that potentially share the same charge source.

3 Sep 2015

Premier comes up dry at Myrhauk prospect

Premier Oil Norge AS, operator of production licence 539, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 3/7-10 S. The well has been drilled about 45 kilometres northeast of the Valhall field in the southern section of the North Sea and 300 kilometres southwest of Stavanger. The purpose with the well was to prove petroleum in the Upper and Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ula and Bryne formations). The well did not encounter the Ula formation. The Bryne formation was encountered with a thickness of about 110 metres, of which 45 metres with moderate reservoir quality. The well is dry. Data acquisition and sampling were carried out. The well is the first exploration well in production licence 539, awarded in APA 2009. Well 3/7-10 S was drilled to a measured and vertical depth of 3511 and 3464 metres below sea level, respectively, and was terminated in the Skagerrak formation in the Upper Triassic. The water depth at the site is 68.5 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. The well was drilled by the drilling facility Mærsk Guardian, which now will proceed to Fredrikshavn to be laid up.

23 Sep 2015

Maersk Oil contracts 'Maersk Resilient' jackup for Denmark drilling

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new contract for the jackup rig Maersk Resilient with Danish oil company Maersk Oil. The firm contract is for three years with an estimated contract value of USD110m. Commencement is expected in October 2015, and Maersk Resilient will do work at various fields in the Danish sector of the North Sea. “We are very pleased with this new contract for Maersk Resilient with Maersk Oil, a key customer in the North Sea,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group. Maersk Resilient has since May 2015 been stacked at Invergordon in Scotland, where the rig has undergone various maintenance works. “Maersk Drilling has to continue its excellent performance and continue to build our already strong backlog in order to navigate the low visibility in the market. Therefore, it is also very rewarding that a rig that has been stacked since May 2015 can now return to where she belongs and bring value to our client, Maersk Oil,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen.

12 Oct 2015

Mærsk Deliverer back on the job

Mærsk Deliverer has successfully completed her five-yearly special periodic survey (SPS) yard stay ahead of time. The scope for the yard stay was extensive, with more than 210 job packages and 584 work orders that needed to be completed within 35 days along keyside - which makes for a very efficient and successful SPS yard stay. The scope, among others, involved Class recertification, BOP upgrade & overhaul and overhaul of the entire drilling package. Deliverer has now successfully resumed drilling operations offshore Angola. Ahead of the Mærsk Deliverer yard stay, a tremendous amount of planning and scheduling has been carried out. This was done across different departments and teams both onshore and offshore, and according to Project Manager Morten Svanholt, part of the success is due to the increased focus on teamwork. “We could not have carried out such a successful yard stay without involving the many different stakeholders from across the company. Knowledge sharing and teamwork have been essential elements in planning this project, and we will put even more emphasis on this in future projects”. CTO in Maersk Drilling, Frederik Smidth, agrees, and stresses that this achievement is no small matter to him either. “I am really proud of the team of both offshore and onshore colleagues, who have worked very hard to make this project such a success. The team has managed to complete more than 210 activities on board the Mærsk Deliverer over a very short period of time. Every minute counts in our line of business, and when we work together we can optimise the impact that these yard stays have.” says Frederik Smidth, Chief Technical Officer, Maersk Drilling. From the outset, planning has been a crucial part of the Mærsk Deliverer project and has contributed significantly to the success of the yard stay as a whole. Going forward, optimisation of the yard stay process will be a key focus area for Technical Organization and Operations in Maersk Drilling. “A yard stay equals time where the rig does not earn any money, but rather spend them instead. When we can optimise and make these yard stays more efficient, we can drive down the cost. The team has done a tremendous job in making this yard stay efficient, while still maintaining a safe environment for everyone working on the rig. That is no easy job – well done! This is a great start, but we will need to work even harder to limit the impact that yard stays have on our daily operations,” says Claus Bachmann, Asset Manager for Deepwater in Maersk Drilling.

1 Dec 2015

Maersk Drilling secures contract for Maersk Venturer with Total

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract for the drillship Maersk Venturer with oil major Total. The contract covers one exploration well (estimated duration 120 days) in block 14 offshore Uruguay. The estimated contract value for the programme is USD 44m excluding mobilisation. The drilling programme is expected to commence in March 2016. “We have collaborated and partnered with Total many times over the years. Total is a highly valued customer of Maersk Drilling, and we are very pleased with being selected by Total to drill their first exploration well offshore Uruguay,” 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 and secure work for our rigs and people, which is very encouraging in this challenging market.” Maersk Venturer is the third in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships in Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four drillships represent a total investment of USD 2.6bn. The other three drillships have all secured long-term contracts.

7 Dec 2015

Maersk Drilling secures 5-year accommodation contract for jack-up Maersk Guardian

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract with Maersk Oil for the jack-up rig Maersk Guardian for accommodation on various fields in the Danish part of the North Sea. The firm contract duration is 5 years with commencement in September 2016. The contract includes two 1-year options. The estimated contract value for the firm contract period is USD 142m. “We are pleased that we will get Maersk Guardian back on the water. In this market, it is important to seek out new ideas in order to keep our rigs employed. An accommodation contract like this is a good example of that and it adds to our contract backlog,” says Morten Pilnov, Head of Global Sales in Maersk Drilling. The Maersk Guardian is currently stacked in Frederikshavn where it will be located throughout the refurbishment period until contract commencement. The work entails decommissioning of the cantilever including drilling package, overhaul of auxiliary systems to support accommodation units, overhaul of existing accommodation block on the rig and installation of new accommodation modules. Built in 1986 in Japan, the Maersk Guardian is designed for year-round operation in the North Sea with a leg length of 132 meters.

14 Dec 2015

Expansion of Maersk Guardian

Semco Maritime has entered into an agreement with Maersk Drilling for the expansion of accommodation rig Maersk Guardian, which will be inserted at various fields in the Danish part of the North Sea from September 2016 The DKK three-digit million order for Semco Maritime comprises installation of new accommodation blocks as a supplement to existing quarters on the jack-up rig. Semco Maritime won the order in an open tender with several Danish and foreign participants. Head of Semco Maritime’s rig division, Senior Vice President Lars Skov Christensen, is very pleased with the order for Maersk Guardian, which is strategically important in a market under pressure. - It is very encouraging that an internationally respected operator such as Maersk Drilling chooses us. That confirms that our strategy is competitive in a challenged rig market. Lars Skov Christensen to a large extent ascribes the win to Semco Maritime’s shipyard-in-a-box concept. - Our shipyard-in-a-box concept is a figurative concept of flexibility, which allows us to swiftly relocate our rig engineers to where the work is. We can move out in a matter of a few hours or days, depending on the type of the assignment or the geographical location of where we are going. The concept simultaneously minimizes our fixed costs without compromising quality, Lars Skov Christensen states. Maersk Guardian is currently located in Frederikshavn, where the rig will be situated during the entire refurbishing period. The largest part of the Semco order – construction of the new accommodation blocks – is performed in Gdansk in Poland. The entire accommodation block unit is then sailed to Frederikshavn and installed on the rig, Vice President and main responsible for the project Nikolaj Vejlgaard explains: - We have never constructed an accommodation block this size before. The sheer size makes it impossible for us to perform the work at our own facilities in Esbjerg, and we have therefore placed the assignment with our skilled collaboration partners in Poland, said Nikolaj Vejlgaard. The 142-room accommodation block weighs 560 ton and is set to arrive at Frederikshavn in August with subsequent final installation of the entire block a couple of weeks later. Maersk Guardian has a leg length of 157 meters and was constructed in Japan in 1986. It is designed for all-year operation in the North Sea.

14 Jan 2016

Consent for exploration drilling

Total E&P (Total) is the operator for production licence 618 and has received consent to drill exploration well 1/5-5 using Mærsk Gallant. Mærsk Gallant is a jack-up drilling facility, built at Far East Levingston Shipbuilding (FELS) in Singapore in 1993. The facility is operated by Maersk Contractors Norge A/S. It received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in August 2002. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has now granted consent for the use of Maersk Gallant in accordance with Total's application.

8 Feb 2016

Maersk Developer to be Stacked

Following the completion of a six year long contract with Statoil, Mærsk Developer has now arrived for stacking just outside Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and will stay put until a new contract is in place. Unfortunately a new contract has not yet been secured for Mærsk Developer, which means that Maersk Drilling USA have had to say goodbye to 80 valued employees. "It goes without saying that I am very saddened by the fact that we had to say goodbye to so many good colleagues. I thank everyone for all of the great work they have done on board the Developer and as part of the rig team in Houston, and I wish them all the best in the future," says Lars Kasueske, Unit Director on Mærsk Developer.

17 Feb 2016

Total E&P Norge A/S takes over jack-up Mærsk Gallant from Statoil

Statoil has cancelled the contract for the harsh environment jack-up rig Mærsk Gallant. A cancellation fee is due to Maersk Drilling, and will be handled in accordance with the contract. Concurrently, Maersk Drilling has signed a new contract with Total E&P Norge A/S for Mærsk Gallant in direct continuation of the cancelled contract. The contract cancellation and new contract will be financially neutral to Maersk Drilling. Mærsk Gallant has been on contract with Statoil since August 2014, and has since October 2015 been sub-chartered to ConocoPhillips. From February 2016 until August 2016, Mærsk Gallant will undertake the new contract with Total E&P Norge A/S.

10 Mar 2016

Drilling permit for well 16/1-26 S in production licence 001 B

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-26 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/1-26 S will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility at position 58°55’20.15’’ north, 02°11’53.03’’ east in production licence 001 B. The drilling programme for the 16/1-26 S well relates to the drilling of an appraisal well on the 16/1-7 oil discovery, which is part of the Ivar Aasen field where Det norske is the operator with an ownership interest of 34.7862 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 41.4730 per cent, Bayerngas Norge AS with 12.3173 per cent, Wintershall Norske AS with 6.4615 per cent, VNG Norge AS with 3.0230 per cent, Lundin Norway AS with 1.3850 per cent and OMV (Norge) AS with 0.5540 per cent. The area in this licence consists of a part of block 16/1. The well was drilled in the eastern part of the 16/1-7 discovery in the central part of the North Sea. Production licence 001 B was carved out of production licence 001 on 1 September 1999. Production licence 001 was awarded on 1 September 1965 (Round 1-A). This is the eleventh exploration well to be drilled within the licence area and the fifteenth well on the Ivar Aasen field. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

29 Mar 2016

Mærsk Deliverer contract cancelled

Maersk Drilling has received a notice of early contract termination from Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC), Chevron Corporation’s affiliate in Angola, for the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible Mærsk Deliverer. The contract was due to end in December 2016, and as per the contract, Maersk Drilling is entitled to receive compensation for the remaining part of the contract. The contract cancellation will be financially neutral to Maersk Drilling. With regret we take note of the contract termination, and it is a reminder of the very challenging conditions in the offshore rig market with oil companies restraining activities and capital spending in response to the lower oil price environment. We expect to base the rig in West Africa, and will continue to explore opportunities with our customers in primarily West and East Africa, which remain strategic markets for us,” says Head of Global Sales, Michael Reimer Mortensen. Mærsk Deliverer has been on contract with CABGOC since May 2012. Mærsk Deliverer was built in 2009 and is designed for year-round operation in areas such as Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, West and East Africa and Asia Pacific at water depths of up to 3,000 m (10,000 ft.).

14 Apr 2016

Drilling permit for well 16/1-26 A in production licence 001 B

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-26 A, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/1-26 A will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility at position 58°55’20.15’’ north 02°11’53.03’’ east in production licence 001 B. The drilling programme for the 16/1-26 A well relates to the drilling of an appraisal well on the 16/1-7 oil discovery, which is part of the Ivar Aasen field, where Det norske is the operator with an ownership interest of 34.7862 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 41.4730 per cent, Bayerngas Norge AS with 12.3173 per cent, Wintershall Norge AS with 6.4615 per cent, VNG Norge AS with 3.0230 per cent, Lundin Norway AS with 1.3850 per cent and OMV (Norge) AS with 0.5540 per cent. The area in this licence consists of part of block 16/1. The well was drilled in the eastern part of the 16/1-7 discovery in the central part of the North Sea. Production licence 001 B was carved out of production licence 001 on 1 Sept. 1999. PL 001 was awarded on 1 Sept. 1965 (Round 1-A). This is the 11th exploration well to be drilled within the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

18 May 2016

Drilling permit for well 30/4-3 S in production licence 040/043

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Total E&P Norge AS a drilling permit for well 30/4-3 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 30/4-3 S will be drilled with the Mærsk Intrepid rig at position 60°30'22.44"N and 2°0'53.37"E in production licence 040/043. The drilling programme for well 30/4-3 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well. Total E&P Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 51 per cent, Petoro has 30 per cent and Statoil Petroleum AS has 19 per cent. The area in this licence consists of a part of block 30/4. Production licence PL 040 was awarded in the 3rd licensing round on 1 April 1975, and PL 043 was awarded on 31 Dec. 1975. This is the third exploration well to be drilled within the licence area. A total of 16 wells, including sidetracks, have been drilled in the Martin Linge area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

21 Sep 2010

Dana begins drilling the Cormoran exploration well, offshore Mauritania

Dana Petroleum plc is pleased to report that the Dana operated Cormoran-1 exploration well has begun drilling offshore Mauritania, West Africa, just 2 kilometres southeast of Dana’s existing Pelican-1 discovery. The conductor has been run and Dana has already drilled the 26 inch hole section down to approximately 2,226 metres. The current operation is preparing to run 20 inch casing, before drilling ahead. Cormoran-1 is being drilled by the Maersk Deliverer drilling rig and is located in Block 7 offshore Mauritania. The planned total depth of the Cormoran well is approximately 4,600 metres and the well is being drilled in a water depth of 1,632 metres. Cormoran is the largest prospect in Dana’s 2010 exploration programme and, based on 3D seismic mapping, has a target reserves range of between 400 million barrels and 780 million barrels of oil equivalent. Dana holds the largest working interest in this Block 7 Production Sharing Contract area with 36%. The well is expected to encounter three discrete zones of interest between approximately 2,890 metres and 4,600 metres.

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.

27 May 2016

Delineation of the 16/1-7 oil discovery in the North Sea – 16/1-26 S and 16/1-26 A

Det norske oljeselskap AS, operator of production licence 001 B, has concluded the drilling of appraisal wells 16/1-26 S and 16/1-26 A. The wells were drilled about 1.5 kilometres southeast of the 16/1-7 discovery well in the central part of the North Sea. The 16/1-7 (West Cable) oil discovery was proven in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Sleipner formation) in 2004 and is part of the Ivar Aasen field. The size of the discovery prior to drilling the appraisal wells was 2.1 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. The objective of appraisal wells 16/1-26 S and 16/1-26 A was to prove additional recoverable oil resources in the southern part of the 16/1-7 discovery, in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Sleipner formation) closer to the main structure on the Ivar Aasen field. The appraisal wells were drilled from a production well being drilled from the Ivar Aasen platform. 16/1-26 S encountered a gas/oil column of about 25 metres in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Hugin formation), of which 15 metres were sandstone of moderate to good reservoir quality. The oil/water contact was not encountered, but was estimated to be at approximately 2700 metres vertical depth. This is shallower than the previously estimated oil/water contact for the 16/1-7-discovery. 16/1-26 A encountered about 75 metres of sandstone in the Sleipner formation with moderate to good reservoir quality, but is dry. Preliminary estimates place the additional resources at between 0.5 and 2 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. The licensees will assess recovery of the additional resources. The results have yielded valuable information as regards final placement of the development well on the 16/1-7 discovery. None of the wells were formation-tested, but data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. Wells 16/1-26 S and 16/1-26 A were drilled to measured depths of 5309 and 4888 metres, respectively, and vertical depths of 2912 and 3044 metres below the sea surface. The wells were terminated in the Skagerrak formation in the Upper Triassic and the Sleipner formation in the Middle Jurassic, respectively. The wells have been permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth is 113 metres. The wells were drilled using the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility, which will now continue with the pre-drilling programme on the Ivar Aasen field, which has a planned production start-up date of 1 December 2016.

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.”

17 Jun 2016

Drilling permit for well 25/10-15 S in production licence 626

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap ASA a drilling permit for well 25/10-15 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 25/10-15 S will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility at position 59°05’14.49’’ north 02°14’13.78’’ east. The drilling programme for well 25/10-15 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 626, where Det norske oljeselskap ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 per cent. The other licensees are Tullow Oil Norge AS with 30 per cent, MOL Norge AS with 10 per cent and Fortis Petroleum Norway AS with 10 per cent. The area in this licence consists of part of block 25/10. The well will be drilled in the northeastern part of the licence, which is located in the central North Sea. Production licence 626 was awarded on 3 February 2012 (APA 2011). This is the first exploration well to be drilled in the licence, but the third well within the area in which the licence is located. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

27 Jun 2016

Consent for exploration drilling for Det norske oljeselskap

Det norske oljeselskap (Det norske) has received consent to drill an exploration well in block 25/10. Det norske is the operator for production licence 626 in the North Sea. The well will be drilled in a prospect named Rovarkula, with the designation 25/10-15 S. Drilling will begin in July and estimated to last 25 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. Drilling will be performed by Maersk Interceptor, which is a jack-up drilling facility, delivered by the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in 2014. The facility is owned by Maersk AS and operated by Maersk Drilling Norge AS. Maersk Interceptor was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2014. The PSA has now granted Det norske consent for exploration drilling.

28 Jul 2016

Maersk Valiant contract cancelled

An early termination agreement for the deepwater unit Maersk Valiant has been signed by Maersk Drilling and ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil with effect from mid-September 2016. Maersk Valiant has been on a joint contract with Marathon Oil Corporation and ConocoPhillips since June 2014. The original contract was scheduled to end September 2017. The compensation under the early termination agreement leaves Maersk Drilling financially neutral to the original contract. “With the termination of Maersk Valiant, we are reminded of the extremely challenging conditions in the offshore oil and gas market. It is with regret that we will see a high performing rig such as the Maersk Valiant without work, but we will continue to explore opportunities with our customers and seek ways to create innovative solutions to enable project viability,” says Head of Global Sales, Michael Reimer Mortensen. Maersk Valiant was built in 2014 and is equipped with dual BOPs as well as an integrated MPD system. The Rig is designed for year-round operation in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico, West and East Africa and Asia Pacific at water depths of up to 3,600 m (12,000 ft.).

27 Jul 2016

Drilling permit for well 25/2-18 S in production licence 442

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap ASA a drilling permit for well 25/2-18 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 25/2-18 S will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility at position 59°49’30.03’’ north, 02°37’54.14’’ east. The drilling programme for well 25/2-18 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 442, where Det norske oljeselskap ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 90 per cent. The other licensee is Lotos Exploration and Production Norge AS with 10 per cent. The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 25/2 and 25/3. The well will be drilled in the south-eastern part of the licence, which is located in the central North Sea. Production licence 442 was awarded on 15 June 2007 (APA 2006). This is the second exploration well to be drilled in the licence, but the fourth within the area where the licence is situated. The permit is conditional on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

2 Aug 2016

Det norske receives consent for exploration drilling

Det norske has received consent for exploration drilling in production licence 442 in the North Sea. Det norske has taken over the operatorship for production licence 442 from Centrica. The PSA has given Det norske consent to drill an exploration well in a prospect named Langfjellet. The location is around 134 kilometres west of Austevoll in Hordaland county. Water depth is 122 metres. The activity is scheduled to begin in August 2016 and will last between 31 and 80 days depending on whether a discovery is made. The well will be drilled using the Maersk Interceptor mobile drilling facility, operated by Maersk Drilling Norge AS. The facility was delivered by the Keppel FELS Shipyard in Singapore in 2014. It is registered in Singapore and classified by DNV GL. Maersk Interceptor was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2014.

4 Aug 2016

Dry well north of the Hanz discovery in the North Sea - 25/10-15 S

Det norske oljeselskap AS, operator of production licence 626, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 25/10-15 S. The well is dry. The well was drilled in the central part of the North Sea, about six kilometres north of the Hanz discovery and 200 kilometres northwest of Stavanger. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (intra Draupne sandstone). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Hugin formation). The well encountered a 36.5-metre thick sandstone in the Upper Jurassic with moderate to poor reservoir quality and an 11-metre thick Middle Jurassic sandstone with good to moderate reservoir quality. The well also encountered a 65-metre thick Skagerrak formation with moderate reservoir quality. The well is dry. Data acquisition has been carried out. Well 25/10-15 S was drilled to a measured depth of 2696 metres (MD RT) and a vertical depth of 2629 metres below the sea surface. The well was terminated in basement of unknown age. This is the first exploration well in production licence 626. The licence was awarded in APA 2011. Water depth is 117 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 25/10-15 S was drilled by the Mærsk Interceptor drilling facility, which will now proceed to drill wildcat well 25/2-18 S in production licence 442, where Det norske oljeselskapet AS is the operator.

10 Aug 2016

Heavy lift completes Semco Maritime rebuilding of Maersk Guardian

A 147-room complete hotel module will today be lifted on board the Maersk Guardian to finalize a major conversion of the upcoming hotel rig. Following design and construction of a turnkey accommodation module with 147 chambers and appertaining facilities for accommodation rig Maersk Guardian, Semco Maritime is now preparing the final installation just 8 months after the order was placed. The module, which has been built and outfitted by Semco Maritime and its collaboration partners in Gdynia, Poland, was loaded onto a barge last week to be sailed to Frederikshavn, Denmark. Here the 1,200-ton module will be lifted and installed on board Maersk Guardian today and tomorrow by a floating crane, which arrived from Kiel Tuesday. According to Vice President Nikolaj Vejlgaard, Semco Martime has never constructed an accommodation block this size before. "The heavy lifting marks the final and intense part of the project, where the modules are to be installed and hooked-up on the rig. Combined with additional modifications of the rig performed simultaneously with the module construction, the former jack-up rig can now be approved and used as a hotel rig", says Vejlgaard.

15 Aug 2016

Consent to use Maersk Interceptor at Ivar Aasen

Det norske has received consent to use Maersk Interceptor to drill production wells at Ivar Aasen. 15.08.2016 Print Tip someone Register for news Ivar Aasen is an oil and gas field in the North Sea, around 175 kilometres west-south-west of Karmøy in Rogaland county. Water depth in the area is approximately 110 metres. Det norske is the field's operator. The field has been developed using a Production/Drilling/Quarters (PDQ) facility with a steel jacket. Drilling of the wells for the PDQ is being done from a jack-up facility with a cantilever drilling rig. Det norske has received consent from the PSA to use the Maersk Interceptor jack-up drilling rig to drill production wells for Ivar Aasen PDQ. Wells have previously been drilled using another rig. It is provisionally planned for Maersk Interceptor to drill a further three wells. Drilling is scheduled to start in late November and estimated to last until 1 July 2017. Maersk Interceptor was delivered by the Keppel Shipyard of Singapore in 2014. The facility is owned by Maersk AS and operated by Maersk Drilling Norge AS. Maersk Interceptor was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2014.

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.

19 Aug 2016

Arrival of jackup rigs

Semco Maritime is pleased to welcome the recent arrival of two Maersk Drilling high specification jack-up rigs to our Invergordon ship-yard facility. Maersk Reacher will be berthed in our Queens Dock facility for an undisclosed duration, carrying out necessary upgrades and modifications, whilst the recently constructed Maersk Highlander, following arrival by heavy lift from Singapore, will be at quayside for a short time, carrying out various commissioning tasks prior to naming ceremony and thereafter, mobilization out to the CULZEAN development in the UK sector North Sea, on long term contract. Semco Maritime Rig Projects have provided support for various disciplines, including electrical, mechanical and construction, with a number of safety instrumented systems provided by Semco Maritime as original equipment during the construction of the rig being commissioned, prior to departure. The Cromarty Firth and Invergordon Service Base was chosen as most suitable for both of these assets due to its strategic location in the North sea, with deep water shelter, the facilities offered by Port of Cromarty Firth and a long standing relationship with Semco Maritime as main contractor, providing full project management support to Maersk Drilling. Semco Maritime are also nearing completion of a number of scopes of work for the semi-submersible rig, Paragon MSS1, prior to departing Cromarty Firth on a drilling contract.

25 Aug 2016

Mærsk Gallant drills to record depths on Norwegian shelf

With a total depth of 5,941 metres, Mærsk Gallant has beaten the record for deepest well ever drilled on the Norwegian continental shelf. On 31 July, Mærsk Gallant drilled the Solaris ultra HPHT (high-pressure, high-temperature) well to a total depth of 5,941 metres TVD (True Vertical Depth). This means that Mærsk Gallant has beaten the record for deepest well ever drilled on the Norwegian continental shelf. "We have broken a number of records during the Solaris operation. But this achievement is second to none. There was a lot of cheering in the driller's cabin that day," says Sadi Ozturk, Assistant Rig Manager on Mærsk Gallant. He continues: "The Solaris exploration well is one of the most challenging wells in the North Sea. All crew members are very excited about this achievement." In the Solaris project – together with the customer, Total E&P Norge – Maersk Drilling has taken a 15,000 psi rig and adapted the equipment and procedures in order to drill a reservoir section where predicted pore pressures are well in excess of 15,000 psi. The demanding requirements of the customer have led to a wide variety of modifications on the rig.

5 Sep 2016

Drilling permit for wellbore 25/2-18 A in production licence 442

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Det norske oljeselskap ASA a drilling permit for well 25/2-18 A, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 25/2-18 A will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility, at position 59°49'30.11"N and 2°37'54.1"E in production licence 442. The drilling programme for well 25/2-18 A relates to the drilling of an appraisal well. Det norske oljeselskap ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 90 per cent and LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge AS is a licensee with a 10 per cent ownership interest. The area in this licence constitutes a part of block 25/2 and 25/3. Production licence 442 was awarded in APA 2006, on 15 June 2007. This is the second well to be drilled within the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

9 Sep 2016

Dry well northwest of the Ekofisk field in the North Sea - 1/5-5

Total Norge AS, operator of production licence 618, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 1/5-5. The well is dry. The well was drilled about 40 kilometres northwest of the Ekofisk field and 320 kilometres southwest of Stavanger. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (Ula formation). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Upper Triassic reservoir rocks (Skagerrak formation). The well encountered about 80-metre thick sandstone in the Ula formation with moderate to poor reservoir quality. The reservoir only contains traces of gas. The well is classified as dry. Data acquisition was carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 618. The licence was awarded in APA 2011. Well 1/5-5 was drilled to a vertical depth of 5942 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Bryne formation in the Middle Jurassic. Water depth at the site is 70 metres. The well will now be plugged and abandoned. Well 1/5-5 was drilled with the Maersk Gallant drilling rig.

14 Oct 2016

Maersk Drilling names fourth and final XLE jack-up rig

Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra harsh environment jack-up was named Friday morning at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea. Mrs. Bente Norheim, wife of Jan Norheim, Managing Director of BP Norge, honoured Maersk Drilling by naming the rig Maersk Invincible. Maersk Invincible is the fourth and final rig in a series of four ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of USD 2.6bn. The first three jack-up rigs have been delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard, while the Maersk Invincible will be delivered from DSME later in 2016. After delivery from the yard, Maersk Invincible will mobilise to the North Sea and commence a five year firm contract with BP Norge for plug and abandonment work on the Valhall field in the Norwegian North Sea. The estimated contract value for the firm contract is USD 812 million, including mobilisation from South Korea to Norway, but excluding cost escalation. “With the naming of our fourth XLE jack-up, we are nearing the end of a newbuilding era for Maersk Drilling. Maersk Invincible will be the final XLE rig to enter our fleet. These highly advanced drilling rigs enable us to provide safe and efficient drilling operations to our customers on the Norwegian market and with the addition of Maersk Invincible, we will further strengthen our market leading position in Norway,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and Vice CEO of the Maersk Group, and continues: “We look forward to working closely together with BP Norge on the Valhall field. I am confident that Maersk Invincible will live up to her name when she commences operation.”

17 Oct 2016

Gas/condensate discovery northeast of the Martin Linge field in the North Sea - 30/4-3 S

Total E & P Norge, operator of production licence 043, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 30/4-3 S. The well was drilled in the northeast part of the Martin Linge field. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Brent group). The well encountered gas and condensate in the Tarbert, Ness and Etive formations in the Brent group. Reservoir quality was good. Preliminary estimations of the size of the discovery are between 2 and 11 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The well was formation-tested. The maximum production rate was 2.4 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of gas/flow day through a 48/64-inch nozzle opening. The well has added additional resources to the Martin Linge development and was completed with the objective of putting the well into production at start-up of the field. 30/4-3 S is the fourth exploration well in production licence 043. The licence was awarded in 1976. The well was drilled to a vertical and measured depth of 4134 metres and 4581 metres below the sea surface, respectively, and was terminated in the Dunlin group in the Early Jurassic. Water depth is 115 metres. The well was drilled with the Mærsk Intrepid drilling facility.

23 Dec 2016

Oil discovery east of the Frigg field in the North Sea - 25/2-18 S, 25/2-18 A, 25/2-18 B and 25/2-18 C

Aker BP ASA, operator of production licence 442, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 25/2-18 S and appraisal wells 25/2-18 A, 25/2-18 B and 25/2-18 C. The wells were drilled four kilometres south of the 25/2-10 S (Frigg Gamma Delta) oil/gas discovery and eight kilometres north of the shut down Frøy field in the North Sea. The objective of well 25/2-18 S was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks belonging to the Vestland Group (the Hugin and Sleipner formation). The other three wells were drilled to delineate the discovery. 25/2-18 S encountered two oil columns in the Hugin formation, 30 and 86 metres in total, both of which had about 20 metres of sandstones with moderate to good reservoir quality. Appraisal well 25/2-18 A, which was drilled one kilometre toward the southeast in relation to 25/2-18 S, also encountered two oil columns in the Hugin formation, 34 and 27 metres in total, both with about 25 metres of sandstones with moderate to good reservoir quality. Appraisal well 25/2-18 B, which was drilled 1.4 kilometres north of 25/2-18 S to test the northern segment, encountered the Hugin formation with aquiferous sandstones of about 15 and 75 metres, both with moderate reservoir quality. The well is classified as dry. Appraisal well 25/2-18 C, which was drilled one kilometre west of 25/2-18 S, encountered three oil columns in the Hugin formation totalling 27, 23 and 55 metres, of which 15, 11 and 10 metres of sandstones of moderate to good reservoir quality. A 7-metre condensate column was also encountered, of which 3 metres in sandstones of moderate reservoir quality. Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between 4 and 12 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. The licensees are assessing the discovery along with other nearby discoveries with a view towards potential development. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. Two successful formation tests (DST) were conducted in 25/2-18 A. The maximum production rate was 600 Sm3 of oil per flow day through a 40/64-inch nozzle opening in the lowermost oil zone. The gas-oil ratio is 140 Sm3/Sm3. The production rate in the uppermost oil zone was 210 Sm3 of oil per flow day through a 24/64-inch nozzle opening. The gas-oil ratio was 164 Sm3/Sm3. The formation tests showed moderate flow properties. The wells are the second, third, fourth and fifth exploration wells in production licence 442. The licence was awarded in APA 2006. Wells 25/2-18 S, 25/2-18 A, 25/2-18 B and 25/2-18 C were drilled to respective measured depths of 3870, 4066, 4335 and 4369 metres below the sea surface, and vertical depths of 3813, 3723, 3803 and 4029 metres below the sea surface. All of the wells were terminated in the Dunlin Group in the Lower Jurassic. Water depth at the site is 121 metres. The wells will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Wells 25/2-18 S, 25/2-18 A, 25/2-18 B and 25/2-18 C were drilled by the Maersk Interceptor drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence PL 001B - Ivar Aasen, where the plan is for the rig to drill three water injector wells and one oil producer.

6 Jan 2017

Maersk Drilling takes delivery of newbuild Maersk Invincible

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its fourth XLE jack-up rig, the Maersk Invincible, from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea. Maersk Invincible will now mobilise to the North Sea and will in the second quarter of 2017 commence a five year firm contract with Aker BP for plug and abandonment work on the Valhall field. Maersk Invincible is the fourth and final rig in a series of four ultra-harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The first three jack-up rigs have been delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard.

15 Apr 2010

Third Deepwater Semi-submersible delivered

On 15 April Maersk Drilling took delivery of the third unit in a series of three identical ultra deepwater development semi-submersible drilling rigs constructed at Keppel FELS in Singapore. "The demand for modern drillings rigs has increased over the past years concurrently with the growing technical challenges we are faced with in the drilling industry. The search for new finds is moving to deeper waters and areas with complex soil conditions and more advanced drilling rigs are needed to meet those challenges. Our ultra deepwater semi-submersibles are well equipped to meet this demand”, says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling. “Although the activity in the deepwater market was not unaffected by the economic slowdown in 2008 and 2009, the favourable long term oil price outlook will be supportive for exploration and development drilling in the deepwater segment, and we expect to see high demand for deepwater rigs going forward." With its large capacities and highly efficient drilling equipment the new rig is capable of drilling 10,000 m (30,000 ft) into the subsoil measured from the seabed. This makes the rig particularly well suited to drill deep and technically complicated wells as seen among others offshore West Africa, Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast Asia. The rig is able to operate in water depths up to 3,000 m (10,000 ft) and can maintain its station either in dynamic positioning (DP) mode or with a pre-laid mooring system. As tradition bids the name of the rig will be revealed at a ceremony at the yard on Sunday 16 May 2010.

18 May 2010

Third Deepwater Semi-submersible named

On Sunday 16 May Maersk Drilling named the latest addition to the fleet, a Deepwater Development Semi-submersible constructed at Keppel FELS in Singapore. Mrs. Merete Våge, wife of Steinar Våge, President of ConocoPhillips Norway, honoured Maersk Drilling and the yard by naming the newbuilding MÆRSK DELIVERER at a ceremony offshore Singapore. “These rigs are probably the most outstanding and complex deepwater rigs ever built. A number of innovative features have been implemented in the design, which will increase the safety of our crew and make the rigs considerably more efficient”, says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling. “We are pleased that our third deepwater semi-submersible in this series is going to start up operations in West Africa, a prosperous deepwater area with much activity. The new rig is the third and final unit in a series of three highly advanced Ultra Deepwater Development Semi-submersibles. With its large capacities and highly efficient drilling equipment the new rig is capable of drilling 10,000 m (30,000 ft) into the subsoil measured from the seabed. This makes the rig particularly well suited to drill deep and technically complicated wells as seen among others offshore West Africa, Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast Asia. The rig is able to operate in water depths up to 3,000 m (10,000 ft) and can maintain its station either in dynamic positioning (DP) mode or with a pre-laid mooring system. The initial programme for MÆRSK DELIVERER is for Dana Petroleum for drilling offshore Mauretania, West Africa. The contract has a duration of 90 days and commences upon final completion of the deepwater tests and mobilisation to Mauretania.

31 Jan 2007

Consent to use Mærsk Inspirer on the Volve field

Statoil ASA has secured consent to use the Mærsk Inspirer for production drilling on Volve during the period up to production start-up on the field. In April 2005, the Plan for development and operation (PDO) for Volve was approved by the Prince Regent in Council. The Volve oil field is situated about 200 km west of Stavanger. There are several gas and condensate fields in the area surrounding Volve. None of these fields have infrastructures that are suitable for phasing in Volve. Therefore, Volve is planned as a stand-alone development. The development concept includes use of a jack-up drilling and production facility (Mærsk Inspirer) and a storage facility (Navion Saga) for storage of stabilized oil. Our consent relates to use of the Mærsk Inspirer to carry out production drilling on the field prior to production start-up. According to the plan, production will commence in May 2007. Statoil will then require a new consent for use of the Mærsk Inspirer for drilling and production, as well as use of the Navion Saga for storage. The Mærsk Inspirer currently has an (AoC) as a mobile drilling facility. An application for AoC for the Mærsk Inspirer as a drilling and production facility is currently being processed in the PSA.

3 May 2017

Acknowledgement of Compliance for Maersk Invincible

On 11 April 2017, Maersk Drilling Norge AS received the PSA's Acknowledgement of Compliance for Maersk Invincible. Maersk Invincible is a jack-up drilling facility of the XLE type, built at the DSME yard in Busan, South Korea in 2016.

15 May 2017

Consent to use Mærsk Invincible at Valhall

Aker BP has received consent to use Mærsk Invincible for plugging wells at Valhall. The consent applies to the use of Maersk Invincible for permanent plugging of wells drilled from the DP. Production from Valhall DP is scheduled to end in the next few years. Three of the wells are still in production, while 18 have been shut down. Of these, 13 have been permanently plugged and abandoned, and Maersk Invincible will be used for plugging the other five. Maersk Invincible is a jack-up drilling facility owned by Maersk Drilling, Denmark. It was delivered by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, is classified by DNV GL and registered in Singapore.

26 Jun 2017

Maersk Convincer takes over contract from Maersk Completer

Jack-up Maersk Convincer, currently finalising its five-yearly Special Period Survey (SPS) yard stay in Singapore, will be taking over a contract from its sister rig, the Maersk Completer, currently operating offshore Brunei. The Maersk Completer is on contract with Brunei Shell Petroleum, and has been since November 2008. Before long, the Rig is scheduled to have its five-yearly Special Periodic Survey (SPS) yard stay, which means that operations for Brunei Shell Petroleum would have to be suspended while Maersk Completer conducts the yard stay, resulting in a delay in the drilling programme of about 45-60 days. In order to limit impact to the customer’s drilling programme, and to reduce cost for both parties, Maersk Drilling is re-activating the warm-stacked Maersk Convincer, an identical Baker Marine 375ft jack-up. Maersk Convincer is currently finalising its own five-yearly SPS yard stay, and will be ready to leave for the field and take on the remainder of the work scope in August 2017. “Our number one priority is to deliver the safest and most efficient drilling operations to our customers. This also means limiting any interruptions to their programmes, resulting in costly delays. Therefore, following a close dialogue with Brunei Shell Petroleum, we have agreed to put Maersk Convincer in operation for the remainder of the contract,” says Peter Dansen, Vice President and Asset Manager for International Jack-Ups in Maersk Drilling. The current contract is scheduled to end in October 2018, however, Brunei Shell Petroleum have options to extend the contract up to a total of three years. Maersk Convincer will take over operations once Maersk Completer has finalised current batch drilling operations.

12 Jul 2017

Maersk Interceptor to drill on the Hyrokkin Prospect

Aker BP has received consent from Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to drill two wells on the Hyrokkin prospect. The wells, designated 25/4-11 and 25/4-12 will be drilled by the Maersk Interceptor harsh environment jackup.

7 Jun 2013

Det Norske extends XL Enhanced 2 contract with Maersk Drilling

Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) has extended the company’s contract for Maersk Drilling’s ‘XL Enhanced 2’ jackup rig that is currently under construction at Keppel Fels in Singapore with delivery expected in 2014. Det Norske contracted the unit to work on the Ivar Aasen project in Norway initially for a firm 3 year period with that period now being extended to 5 years, adding around US$280 million to the contract. Det Norske has further options to extend the contract for the jackup for an additional 7 years. The ‘XL Enhanced 2’ jackup is one of three XL Enhanced jackup rigs that Maersk Drilling ordered in 2011 and 2012 and are enhanced versions of the Maersk Innovator and Inspirer units.

9 Jul 2013

DONG Energy contracts 'Maersk Resolve' for further Danish drilling operations

DONG Energy has inked a new deal to contract the ‘Maersk Resolve’ jackup for drilling activities in the Danish North Sea commencing in August 2013 in direct continuation from the units current contract with E.On. DONG Energy has contracted the unit for a period of nine months running until June 2013, with an expected contract value of US$58 million. Upon completion of its new nine month contract the ‘Maersk Resolve is due to enter a shipyard for two months, before beginning a two year contract with DONG Energy that was signed in March 2012.

12 Jul 2013

Petronas exercises one year option for 'Maersk Convincer' jackup

Petronas Carigali has exercised an existing contractual option to extend the contract of the ‘Maersk Convincer’ jackup rig currently operating for the company in Malaysia. The contract extension means that the ‘Maersk Convincer’ will now be working off the coast of Malaysia for Petronas until mid-November 2014, with the unit performing high-pressure-high-temperature and under balanced drilling operations. The value of the one year contract extension is US$54 million and means that the unit will have been constantly working for Petronas for a firm period of three years upon completion of the new extension.

25 Sep 2013

Maersk Drilling orders fourth XL Enhanced jackup rig

Maersk Drilling has placed an order with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea for a fourth ultra-harsh environment jackup rig named the ‘XL Enhanced 4’. The rig will be built to Gusto MSC’s CJ70-X150MD design, the same as Maersk’s other three XL Enhanced jackup orders which are currently under construction in Singapore at Keppel FELS shipyard. The ‘XL Enhanced 4’ is expected to be delivered in mid-2016 at a cost of up to US$650 million with options for two additional units. Maersk has ordered the rig on the back of a five year contract with BP for plug and abandonment work on the operators Valhall field in Norway which will begin once the unit has been successfully delivered from the yard and mobilised to Norway.

10 Oct 2013

Maersk names first of four newbuild drillships

Maersk Drilling has named the first of the company’s four newbuild drillships at a naming ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The unit previously referred to as Deepwater Advanced 1 has been officially named the ‘Maersk Viking’ and is due to be delivered in the next couple of months. Once delivered the unit will mobilise to the US GoM for its initial contract with ExxonMobil, the contract is for a two year period and is valued at US$610 million including the mobilisation fee. The delivery of the unit will further enhance Maersk Drilling’s position as a deepwater drilling operator with the company due to have a total of four drillships delivered over the next year all of which are being constructed by SHI in South Korea.

11 Oct 2013

Statoil completes drilling of additional Volve field wells using 'Maersk Inspirer' jackup

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licences 046 and 046 BS, has completed the drilling of wells 15/9-F-1 and 15/9-F-1 A on the Volve field, located between the Sleipner West and Sleipner East fields in the central North Sea. The purpose of the wells 15/9-F-1 and 15/9-F-1 A was to determine higher additional resources for the Volve field by proving petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Hugin formation) in the northwestern part of the field. Well 15/9-F-1 did not encounter the Hugin formation as expected, but the Smith Bank formation in Triassic due to a fault in the rock. A decision was therefore made to drill sidetrack well 15/9-F-1 A. The well encountered the Hugin formation with a reservoir thickness of approx. 47 metres, with poorer than anticipated reservoir quality. The Smith Bank and Hugin formation are aquiferous, and the wells have accordingly been classified as dry. Data was collected in the wells. The licences were awarded in the 3rd licensing round in 1975 production licence 046 and production licence 046 BS. Wells 15/9-1 and 15/9-1 A were drilled to vertical depths of 3275 and 3185 metres below sea level, respectively, with total depths of 3577 and 3627 metres below sea level, respectively. 15/9-F-1 and 15/9-F-1 A were concluded in the Smith Bank formation in Triassic and the Sleipner formation in Middle Jurassic, respectively. The wells have been permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth at the site is 91 metres. Wells 15/9-F-1 and 15/9-F-1 A were drilled by the drilling and production facility Maersk Inspirer.

20 Dec 2013

Premier Oil secures 'Maersk Guardian' jackup for Norwegian exploration well

Maersk Drilling has announced the signing of a charter contract for the ‘Maersk Guardian’ jackup with Premier Oil Norge AS (Premier). Premier and Maersk have signed a 62 day drilling contract for the drilling of a single exploration well that will target the Myrhauk prospect on block 3/7 in the Norwegian North Sea. The ’Maersk Guardian’ will begin the contract in direct continuation of the unit contract with Lundin Norway AS which is due to finish in Q3 2014.

3 Jan 2014

BP exercise option for 'Maersk Reacher' jackup

Maersk Drilling (Maersk) has announced that BP Norway (BP) has extended the contract for the company’s ‘Maersk Reacher’ jackup rig for an additional two years, beginning in September 2014. The two year contract extension is valued at US$222 million and comes with four additional options for extension which if exercised would contract the rig until September 2020. BP originally contracted the ‘Maersk Reacher’ in September 2011 after it had been upgraded to comply with operating requirements on the Norwegian shelf.

2 Jan 2014

Kosmos sublet 'Maersk Discoverer' from BP for Morocco drilling

Kosmos Energy (Kosmos) has announced that it has agreed to a single well rig share agreement with BP for use of the ‘Maersk Discoverer’ semisub rig. BP currently has the ‘Maersk Discoverer’ under contract until April 2016 in Egypt and is allowing Kosmos to use the unit to drill the FA-1 exploration well in the Forum Assaka Offshore block in Morocco during 1H 2014. The well is expected to take up to three months to drill and BP will fund Kosmos’ share of the well costs.

23 Jan 2014

Maersk Drilling names two more of its newbuild drillships

Maersk Drilling (Maersk) has announced the naming of two of the company’s newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships following on from the naming of the ‘Maersk Viking’ back in October 2013. Maersk has named its second drillship the ‘Maersk Valiant’ whilst the third unit will be called the ‘Maersk Venturer’. Both the ‘Maersk Valiant’ and ‘Maersk Venturer’ are due to be delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea during 2014, with the ‘Maersk Valiant’ going to work for ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil in the US GoM upon delivery. The ‘Maersk Venturer’ is yet to secure a contract.

27 Jul 2011

Kora-1 exploration well drilling completion announced

Ophir Energy plc ("Ophir") announces the completion of drilling operations on the Kora-1 well in the AGC Profond Production Sharing Contract (PSC)*. Final wireline logging is now being carried out and the well will be plugged and abandoned as an unsuccessful exploration well. Kora-1 was a frontier exploration well drilled by the Maersk Deliverer semisubmersible in 2,600m of water and targeting a salt-cored, dip-closed anticline. The well was drilled to a total depth of 4447.5m subsea. Formation Evaluation While Drilling (FEWD) data shows that the primary (Albian) and secondary (Coniacian and Barremian) reservoir intervals were penetrated close to their anticipated depths, but the well encountered a predominantly claystone and thinly-bedded limestone sequence rather than the prognosed sandstone reservoir facies. In the absence of reservoir facies it is difficult to immediately assess the potential presence of hydrocarbons on the available FEWD data. A fuller analysis of the data will be required before the wider implications for the prospectivity of the Senegal-Guinea Bissau portion of the MSGBC Basin can be determined. In June 2011, Ophir completed the last of a series of farm outs on the asset. After the farm outs, Ophir's costs on the Kora-1 well have effectively been carried by the other partners. The beneficial interests in the AGC Profond PSC and the Kora-1 well are as follows:

10 Jan 2011

Successful Cormoran-1 exploration well offshore Mauritania

Dana Petroleum, the operator of the Cormoran-1 exploration well in Mauritania, in which Tullow Oil plc (Tullow) is a 16.20% partner, today issued the following press release: Dana Petroleum advises that the Cormoran-1 exploration well has been drilled to a total depth of 4,695 metres below sea level and has been plugged and abandoned as a gas discovery. Stabilised gas flow rates of between 22 and 24 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfpd) were obtained during a test of one of the four separate gas columns encountered by the well. The Cormoran-1 exploration well is located in Block 7, offshore Mauritania. It lies approximately 2km to the south of the Pelican-1 gas discovery well, which was drilled in late 2003. The well was drilled by Dana Petroleum, as Operator of Block 7, using the Maersk Deliverer deep water semi-submersible drilling rig. Water depth at the well location is approximately 1,630m. The primary purpose of the Cormoran-1 well was to test the Cormoran prospect, which adjoins but lies at a greater depth than the Pelican discovery. A secondary exploration objective was the Petronia prospect, which lies beneath the Cormoran prospect. A further objective of the well was to provide appraisal information on the Pelican gas discovery. The Cormoran-1 well encountered generally thin but good quality, gas-bearing, sands within the Pelican Group at depths between 3,376m and 3,711m true vertical depth subsea (TVDSS). This interval comprised two gas columns, one in the Upper Pelican Group (3,376 to 3,420m TVDSS) and one in the Lower Pelican Group (3,691 to 3,711m TVDSS). Good quality, gas-bearing, sands were also encountered within the Cormoran prospect, in the gross interval from 4,351 to 4,471m TVDSS, and at the top of the Petronia prospect, in the gross interval from 4,660m to 4,695m TVDSS. Drilling was stopped at a depth of 4,695m TVDSS for operational reasons (elevated pore pressures). The well was still in gas-bearing reservoir section at this depth. A drill stem test was carried out across a 33m interval in the Lower Pelican Group (3,679 to 3,712 TVDSS). Stabilised flow rates of up to 22 to 24 MMscfpd were obtained on a 32/64" choke, the flow rate being constrained by the need to avoid sand production. Substantially higher flow rates could have been achieved were it not for this operational constraint. Following the DST, the Cormoran-1 well was plugged and abandoned, this being done in such a way that the well could be re-entered in the future.

8 Oct 2007

EXPLORATION WELL ORANGE COMPLETED

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) announces that BG Norge AS, operator of Production Licence (PL) 335, has completed drilling of wildcat (exploration) well 7/7-4. The well is located close to the Norway/UK international border, about 50 km north of the Ula field in the North Sea. The water depth at the well location is 83 m. The purpose of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in the Paleocene Forties unit. Forties reservoir sands were encountered in the well but they were water bearing. The well is the first exploration well drilled in PL 335. The licence was awarded in APA 2004 (Awards in Predefined Areas). The well was drilled to a depth of approximately 3,000 m MD, and was terminated in the top Ekofisk Formation. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 7/7-4 was drilled using the Mærsk Guardian drilling rig. Lundin Petroleum has a licence interest of 18 percent, BG Norge (operator) has 52 percent, Bridge Energy AS has 18 percent and RWE Dea Norge AS has 12 percent.

19 Feb 2008

EXPLORATION WELL PL 292 SPUDDED, OFFSHORE NORWAY

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that drilling of the exploration well 15/12-19 on the Phi-North prospect located in Block 6/3 and 15/12, production license PL 292, in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), has commenced. The exploration well 15/12-19 with a planned depth of approximately 3,100 metres mean sea level will target the middle Jurassic and the Triassic/lower Jurassic reservoir by using the jack up rig Mærsk Guardian. Drilling is expected to take approximately two months. The operator is BG Norge AS. Lundin Petroleum is a partner with 40 percent interest.

2 Apr 2008

LUNDIN PETROLEUM COMPLETES EXPLORATION WELL IN NORWAY

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) announces the completion of the exploration well 2/5-14S in PL 006C, in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The exploration well 2/5-14S was targeting the Hyme prospect. The Hyme prospect showed no commercial hydrocarbons and as a result, no coring or testing was performed and the well has now been plugged and abandoned. The jack-up rig Mærsk Gallant was used for drilling. The South East Tor chalk discovery made in 1972 is also located in PL006C and has estimated resources of 22.5 million barrels of oil equivalent.The decision was taken not to proceed at this time with the drilling of the side track 2/5-14A as an appraisal well on the South East Tor discovery, pending further technical and economic analysis. Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL 006C with a 75 percent interest.Partners are Noreco ASA with a 15 percent interest and Faroe Petroleum AS with a 10 percent interest.

29 Oct 2010

EXPLORATION WELL IN PL400 SPUDDED, OFFSHORE NORWAY

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 3/8-1 on the Barchan prospect has commenced. The well is located in licence PL400 in the Norwegian North Sea. PL400 is located some 12 km east of the Trym Discovery in the Southern North Sea, close to the boundary between the Norwegian and Danish sectors. The well will target sandstones of Permian age in a four way dip and fault bounded structural closure. The Barchan prospect is estimated to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 150 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The planned total depth is approximately 4,000 metres below mean sea level. The well will be drilled from the jack-up drilling rig Maersk Guardian. Drilling is expected to take approximately 60 days. Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL400 with 50 percent interest. Partners are Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco) with 30 percent and Petoro AS with 20 percent interest.

24 May 2012

LUNDIN PETROLEUM SPUDS CLAPTON EXPLORATION WELL IN SOUTHERN NORTH SEA

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 2/8-18S in PL440S has commenced. The well will target the Clapton prospect, which is situated 10 km north of the Valhall Field, offshore Norway. The main objective of well 2/8-18S is to test the hydrocarbon potential in the Ekofisk, Tor and Hod formations. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Clapton prospect to contain unrisked, gross, prospective resources of 65 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The planned total depth is 2,718 meters below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the jackup drilling rig Maersk Guardian. Drilling is expected to take approximately 60 days. Lundin Petroleum is a partner in PL440S with 18 percent interest. The Operator is Faroe Petroleum with 40 percent. The other partners are Dana (20%), Noreco (12%) and Det norske (10%).

29 Jun 2012

LUNDIN PETROLEUM COMPLETES CLAPTON EXPLORATION WELL IN SOUTHERN NORTH SEA

Lundin Petroleum AB's (Lundin Petroleum) wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway) has completed the Clapton exploration well 2/8-18S in PL440S. The well is located about 5 km east of the Eldfisk Øst Field and 10 km north of the Valhall Field in the North Sea. The primary exploration target was to prove hydrocarbons in chalks of the Shetland Group. The well encountered reservoir rocks as expected in the Shetland Group. The reservoir properties were poorer than expected. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2,619 m below the sea surface and was terminated in Creatceous rocks of the Hidra Formation. Water depth at the site is 69 metres and the well was drilled by the jack-up rig Maersk Guardian. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned as a dry well. Lundin Norway is a partner in PL440S with 18 percent interest. The Operator is Faeroe Petroleum with 40 percent. The other partners are Dana (20%), Noreco (12%) and Det norske (10%).

14 Jan 2013

LUNDIN PETROLEUM SPUDS EXPLORATION WELL ON THE OGNA PROSPECT IN THE SOUTHERN NORTH SEA

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 8/5-1 in PL453S has commenced. The well will target the Ogna prospect, which is located some 65 km from the Ula Field in the North Sea, offshore Norway. The main objective of well 8/5-1 is to prove the presence of hydrocarbons in Upper to Middle Jurassic reservoirs. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Ogna prospect to contain unrisked, gross, prospective resources of 156 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The planned total depth is 2,444 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the jack-up rig Mærsk Guardian. Drilling is expected to take approximately 50 days. Lundin Petroleum, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway, is the operator and has a 35 percent working interest in PL453. Partners are Det norske oljeselskap with 25 percent, Noreco with 25 percent and VNG Norge with 15 percent interest.

23 May 2013

LUNDIN NORWAY COMPLETES EXPLORATION WELL 7/4-3 ON THE CARLSBERG PROSPECT IN NORWAY

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) has, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), completed the drilling of wildcat well 7/4-3. The well was drilled 24 km north of the Lundin Petroleum operated Brynhild field in the North Sea, offshore Norway, and approximately 22 km east of the UK Everest field. The exploration well 7/4-3 was targeting the Upper Triassic and Upper Cretaceous reservoirs of the Carlsberg prospect. The well encountered no hydrocarbons and is being plugged and abandoned as a dry hole. The primary exploration target of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Triassic reservoir rocks (the Skagerrak Formation). The Skagerrak Formation sands were not encountered. The second exploration target of the well was to prove petroleum in the Upper Cretaceous chalk reservoir. The reservoir was found at the predicted depth but was water bearing with no presence of hydrocarbons. The well is the first exploration well in PL495 and PL495B. The licenses were awarded in APA 2008 and APA 2011. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2,957 metres below mean sea level, and was terminated in the Smith Bank Formation in the Triassic. The well was drilled in water depth of 82 metres by the jack-up rig Maersk Guardian. Following the plugging and abandonment of well 7/4-3 the Maersk Guardian rig will move to the Brynhild field to commence the drilling of the development wells. The costs of the exploration well 7/4-3 and associated license costs will most likely be expensed during the second quarter of 2013. Lundin Norway is the operator and has a 60 percent working interest in PL495 and PL495B. The partner is Tullow Oil Norge AS with a 40 percent working interest.

9 Sep 2013

BP discovers gas in the Salamat well in Egypt

BP Egypt today announced a significant gas discovery in the East Nile Delta. The deepwater exploration well, named Salamat, is the deepest well ever drilled in the Nile Delta. It is the first well in the North Damietta Offshore concession granted in February 2010 and operated by BP. The well was drilled using the sixth generation semi-submersible rig “Maersk Discoverer”, owned by Maersk Drilling, in water depth of 649 metres and reaching a total depth of around 7,000 metres. The wireline logs, fluid samples and pressure data confirmed the presence of gas and condensate in 38m net of Oligocene sands in Salamat. Further appraisal will be required to better define the field resources and to evaluate the options for developing the discovery. Mike Daly, Executive Vice President Exploration at BP, commented: “Success with Salamat proves hydrocarbons in the centre of a 50-km long structure. With a hydrocarbon column in excess of 180 metres, the discovery increases our confidence in the materiality of the deep Oligocene play in the East Nile Delta.” Hesham Mekawi, BP Egypt Regional President said: “The Salamat discovery is a great outcome for our first well in this core exploration programme in the East Nile Delta. It shows our commitment to meeting Egypt’s energy needs by exploring the deep potential offshore the Nile Delta. Standalone and tie-back to the nearby Temsah infrastructure development options are currently being evaluated.” The Salamat discovery is located around 75 kilometres north of Damietta city and only 35 kilometres to the North West of the Temsah offshore facilities. BP has 100% equity in the discovery.

11 Feb 2014

'Maersk Completer' awarded new long term contract in Brunei

Brunei Shell Petroleum has awarded Maersk Drilling a four year contract for the jack-up rig Maersk Completer for operation offshore Brunei. The contract commences in December 2014 in direct continuation of its current contract with Brunei Shell Petroleum. The contract has options for extension up to a total of three years. “We are very pleased to continue our cooperation with Brunei Shell Petroleum in Brunei. We see this contract as a recognition of our solid drilling performance and as a further strengthening of our relationship with Brunei Shell Petroleum,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. While operating for Brunei Shell Petroleum, Maersk Completer has shown an excellent performance record, recognised by the award as Shell Jack Up of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Maersk Completer is one of two Baker Marine 375ft jack-up rigs in Maersk Drilling’s fleet. Maersk Completer has been operating in Brunei since it was delivered from Jurong Shipyard in 2007, and since November 2008, Maersk Completer has been operating for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP).

24 Feb 2013

Maersk Drilling takes delivery of 'Maersk Viking' drillship

Today Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its first ultra deepwater drillship, 'Maersk Viking', from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The 'Maersk Viking' has started its voyage to the US Gulf of Mexico where it will commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil. 'Maersk Viking' is the first in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships that will enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four drillships represent a total investment of US$2.6 billion and will be delivered from the SHI shipyard in 2014. Featuring dual derrick and large subsea work and storage areas, the drillship design allows for efficient well construction and field development activities through offline activities. With their advanced positioning control system, the ships automatically maintain a fixed position in severe weather conditions with waves of up to 11 metres and wind speeds of up to 26 metres per second. Special attention has been given to safety on board the drillships. Equipped with Multi Machine Control on the drill floor, the high degree of automation ensures safe operation and consistent performance. Higher transit speeds and increased capacity will reduce the overall logistics costs for oil companies.

17 Mar 2014

Kosmos Energy spuds FA-1 well offshore Morocco

Kosmos Energy Ltd’s (Kosmos) partner in the Forum Assaka area in Morocco Fastnet Oil & Gas Plc (Fastnet) has confirmed the spudding of the FA-1 well on the 16th March 2014. The FA-1 well is being drilled by Maersk Drilling’s ‘Maersk Discoverer’ semisub rig, has a planned target depth of 4,000m and is being drilled in water depths of approximately 600m. The well is expected to take up to three months to reach its total depth and test multiple objectives. The FA-1 well is estimated by Kosmos, to contain 360 mmboe of Pmean resources in its primary deepwater Lower Cretaceous reservoir objective. Fastnet is carried through its share of the drilling costs, subject to a gross maximum well cost of US$100 million, following the previously announced farm-out to SK Innovation, retaining a 9.375% net interest in the licence.

21 Mar 2014

Maersk Drilling names the first of its giant jackup rigs

In a ceremony held at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore, Karen Tiffen, wife of Martin Tiffen, Managing Director of Total E&P Norge AS, had the honour of naming the ultra harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Intrepid in the presence of the Guest of Honour Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport in Singapore. Maersk Intrepid is the first in a series of four ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of USD 2.6bn. The first three jack-up rigs, including Maersk Intrepid, will be delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard in 2014-2015, and the fourth will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016. After delivery from the yard, Maersk Intrepid will mobilize to the North Sea and commence a four year firm contract with Total E&P Norge AS for drilling the demanding and complex wells on the Martin Linge field development in the Norwegian North Sea. The contract includes four one-year options. The estimated contract value for the firm contract is USD 550 million. “With the naming of the Maersk Intrepid, we are opening a new chapter in Maersk Drilling’s Norwegian history. We have invested in the Maersk Intrepid and its three sister rigs in order to continue to grow and leverage our market leading position in Norway. The Maersk Intrepid is the first of the four rigs being delivered and I am very pleased that it is going to Norway to work for one of our key customers, Total E&P Norge AS,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.

1 Apr 2014

Maersk Drilling takes delivery of 'Maersk Intrepid' jackup

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its first ultra harsh environment jack-up, 'Maersk Intrepid', from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore on time. 'Maersk Intrepid' will start its mobilisation to the Norwegian North Sea in approximately two weeks, where it will commence a four year contract with Total E&P Norge AS. Maersk Intrepid is the first in a series of four newbuild ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet in 2014-16. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of US$2.6 billion. The first three jack-up rigs, including 'Maersk Intrepid', will be delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard in 2014-2015, and the fourth will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016. The 'Maersk Intrepid' will be drilling the demanding and complex wells on the Martin Linge field development in the Norwegian North Sea. The contract includes four one-year options. The estimated contract value for the firm contract is US$550 million.

16 Apr 2014

'Maersk Valiant' drillship is successfully delivered to Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling has successfully taken delivery of the company’s second newbuild drillship, ‘Maersk Valiant’. The ‘Maersk Valiant’ was delivered on the 16th April 2014 from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. ‘Maersk Valiant’ is the second in a series of four ultra-deepwater drillships to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four drillships represent a total investment of US$2.6 billion and will be delivered from the SHI shipyard in 2014. ‘Maersk Valiant’ has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corporation. Maersk Drilling has been active in the US Gulf of Mexico since 2009 with the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible ‘Maersk Developer’. With ‘Maersk Viking’ and ‘Maersk Valiant’ entering the US Gulf of Mexico, Maersk Drilling is becoming a significant drilling contractor in the US Gulf of Mexico, which together with West Africa, are the target regions for Maersk Drilling’s deepwater activities. The estimated contract value with ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corporation for ‘Maersk Valiant’ is US$694m including mobilisation, but excluding cost escalation.

5 May 2014

Kosmos Energy's FA-1 well is plugged and abandoned

Kosmos Energy (Kosmos) has announced that the company’s FA-1 well being drilled in Morocco, in the Foum Assaka Offshore block has reached a total depth of 3,830 meters and will be plugged and abandoned after failing to encounter commercial hydrocarbons. The well, which is the first in a series of play-opening wells designed to unlock the Agadir Basin, was drilled to test the salt diapir play concept targeting the Cretaceous interval in a combined structural-stratigraphic trap. This is one of several independent play types and fairways present in the Agadir Basin. Importantly, FA-1 encountered oil and gas shows while drilling and in sidewall cores suggesting the presence of a working petroleum system. The well has also provided key seismic calibration information and the well results will now be integrated into Kosmos’ ongoing petroleum system analysis; in particular, the assessment of charge and reservoir play risks, as well as the evaluation and ranking of trap types ahead of the next tests of this petroleum system in 2015 and beyond.

12 May 2014

'Maersk Innovator' to drill development wells on Ekofisk

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (COPSAS) has received consent to use the ‘Mærsk Innovator’ jack-up drilling rig for drilling and completion of two wells at Ekofisk 2/4-M. The Ekofisk field was discovered in 1969 and is the oldest of the oil and gas fields in production on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The field is situated around 280 km south-west of Stavanger. Water depth at the site is approx. 73 metres. Drilling is planned to begin in June 2014, with a total duration of approximately 30 days. ‘Mærsk Innovator’ is a jack-up drilling facility built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea in 2002. The unit received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in May 2003. It is owned by Mærsk Contractors and operated by Mærsk Drilling Norway AS. The facility is registered in Denmark with Det norske Veritas as the classification society.

13 May 2014

PSA carries out audit on 'Maersk Reacher' jackup

On the 18th and 27th March 2014, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of Maersk Drilling's follow-up of the alarm system in the drilling control room on ‘Maersk Reacher’ jackup. The objective of the audit was to monitor how Maersk Drilling is ensuring that alarm systems comply with relevant statutory requirements, recognised international standards and guidelines and the company's own requirements and policies. The result was, one non-conformity was identified in connection with alarm rates and follow-up of the alarm system. In addition, an improvement point was identified in connection with ICT security.

30 Nov 2006

Chartering rig in Gulf of Mexico

Statoil has entered into an agreement with Maersk Contractors USA for the chartering of a drilling rig capable of exploration drilling in ultra-deep waters. Worth USD 696 million, the agreement spans four years. The agreement has been concluded through Statoil's subsidiary, Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC. The semi-submersible rig is under construction at the Keppel FELS yard in Singapore and delivery is expected in April 2008. It can operate in water depths down to 3,000 metres and will be one of the most sophisticated units on the market. The rig will mainly be used for wildcat drilling in deep water in the Gulf of Mexico, but can also be used in Statoil’s other international focus locations. The charter agreement comes into force as soon as the rig arrives in the Gulf of Mexico in June 2008. “This long-term contract will secure drilling capability in the Gulf of Mexico,” says Bill Maloney, senior vice president for global exploration (GEX) in International Exploration & Production. “It underpins our determination to build a role as exploration operator beyond Norwegian waters.” Statoil has also entered into an agreement with Woodside Energy (USA), the American affiliate of the Australian energy company Woodside Energy, regarding sharing of the newly-built rig. Woodside Energy (USA) will use the rig for a total of 18 months of the contract period.

5 May 2007

Volve rig en route

The Maersk Inspirer, the world's biggest jack-up drilling rig is now being towed out to one of the Norwegian continental shelf's (NCS) smallest oil fields, Volve, in the North Sea. Statoil is consolidating its position as the largest small field operator on the NCS. "An independent development of Volve means that additional resources can be phased in later," says Bente Aleksandersen, operations vice president for the Sleipner, Volve and Glitne fields. "We will drill further exploration wells from the platform in the next few years. These can be converted into production wells." The Volve field alone has an expected life span of six years but if oil prices remain high that life span can be prolonged. There are possible additional reserves in the Volve area. "Exploration and development of smaller fields is important for us achieving our ambition of producing one million barrels of oil equivalent per day on the NCS until 2015," says Ms Aleksandersen. Operator Statoil is hiring the Maersk Inspirer rig, with processing facilities. Maersk Contractors Norge will manage production at the Volve field. The rig has been berthed at Haugesund north of Stavanger in recent months for installation and testing of the process facilities. "A tight schedule in a very tough market means that we are slightly behind with the Volve project," says Ole Jacob Næss, project manager. "We have prioritised safety over reaching our target on time." Oil from Volve will be temporarily stored on the Navion Saga vessel before being transported to market. Gas will be sent via pipeline to the Sleipner area. There, wet gas will be separated out and piped to Kårstø, with dry gas being piped to the European market. Total development and operation costs for Volve are estimated at around NOK 7 billion. Maersk Inspirer will drill eight wells in the first phase - three production wells, three water injection wells and two water production wells. Plans call for start-up to begin in the third quarter of 2007. Recoverable reserves are estimated to be 70 million barrels of oil and 1.5 billion standard cubic metres of gas. The field is expected to produce 50,000 barrels per day at plateau production. Statoil is operator with a 49.6% share. The other licensees are ExxonMobil (30.4%), PA Resources (10%) and Hydro (10%).

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.

13 Feb 2008

Volve on stream

The StatoilHydro-operated Volve field in the North Sea came on stream on 12 February. The Volve field is located around 200 kilometres west of Stavanger in the southern section of the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). StatoilHydro has a 59.6% interest in the field. Oil from the field will be produced by using the Mærsk Inspirer jackup rig, while Navion Saga will be used as a storage vessel for further transport. The gas will be sent to the Sleipner A platform for final processing and export. Recoverable reserves are estimated at 78.6 million barrels of oil and 1.5 billion standard cubic metres of gas. Production from Volve is expected to reach plateau production of 50,000 barrels per day by the end of the first quarter of 2009. StatoilHydro is operator of the field and has assigned the operations activities to Maersk. Maersk Inspirer is the world’s largest jackup rig and the only one of its kind used for production purposes on the NCS. Mærsk Inspirer started drilling in the summer of 2007 and has also completed the processing plant during this period. It has been decided to develop the field with eight wells but another five wells are already being planned and matured.

22 May 2014

Maersk Drilling's releases Q1 2014 results

Maersk Drilling delivered a profit of USD116m (USD146m) in the first quarter of 2014. The result was negatively impacted with USD30m compared to the first quarter result last year mainly due to planned yard stays and the intake of two new rigs. “2014 is a year of execution in progressing on Maersk Drilling’s ambitious growth strategy. As expected our first quarter result is negatively impacted by planned yard stays and the intake of two new rigs in our fleet. However, it is positive to see that we still deliver a stellar operational performance with 97% uptime for the fifth consecutive quarter in a row, which proves the strength of our business and our ability to deliver on our long-term goal of USD 1bn by 2018,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group. Maersk Drilling’s ambitious growth strategy includes investments of USD5.2bn in eight new rigs being delivered between 2014 and 2016. In the first quarter in 2014, Maersk Drilling took delivery of its first drillship, the ‘Maersk Viking’, and the first ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig, the ‘Maersk Intrepid’. Contracts have been secured for six of the eight newbuilds. Maersk Drilling is in discussions with oil companies for employment on both short and longer term contracts for the last two drillships, which have not yet achieved a contract. “We are currently seeing a slowdown in the deepwater market due to oil companies postponing several drilling programmes. We expect intensified competition in especially 2014 and 2015 for longer term jobs. However, there are still many short-term jobs, which will help absorb the supply. Despite the short term challenges, we maintain our positive long term view on the deepwater market, and our strong contract coverage shows that we are in the right markets, and that our services offered resonate well with our customers,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen. Maersk Drilling’s forward contract coverage is 93% for the remaining part of 2014, 70% for 2015 and 50% for 2016. The total revenue backlog for Maersk Drilling at the end of Q1 2014 amounted to USD7.4bn (USD6.5bn). Maersk Drilling expects a result for 2014 below the result for 2013 (US 528m) due to an extensive yard stay programme, one-time costs associated with training and start-up of operation of six new rigs and delays in the delivery of newbuilds due to interruptions in the delivery of certain equipment and services from sub-supplier.

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.

20 Jan 2009

Keppel delivers 1st jackup rig of 2009 to Maersk Drilling on time

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered the third of four high efficiency jackup rigs to Maersk Drilling (previously Maersk Contractors), on time and incident-free. The rig was named Mærsk Resolve, by Mrs Sun-hee Madsen, spouse of Mr Erik Madsen, Maersk Drilling’s Site Manager (Overall Projects), at a ceremony today.

24 Aug 2009

Keppel delivers second Maersk DSS 21 semisubmersible

Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS) delivered the second of three DSS 21 deepwater rigs to Maersk Drilling on 22 August 2009. Maersk Discoverer has been contracted by Woodside Energy for drilling operations in Australia for three years. She was named by Lady Sponsor, Mrs Julie Fitzpatrick, spouse of Mr Ken Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President, Woodside Energy. Mr Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said, “Maersk Discoverer, our second DSS 21 rig, is another outstanding example of the winning collaboration between Maersk Drilling and Keppel FELS. “Optimised for field development work, the new generation DSS 21 series is derived from the experiences gained from our highly successful DSS 20 Maersk Explorer semisubmersible built in 2003. These deepwater units are among the most technically advanced in the world, and we are confident that they will position Maersk Drilling as the foremost provider of robust offshore solutions in the industry.”

23 May 2014

Westcon preparing for arrival of 'Maersk Intrepid'

The world’s largest jackup rig, the ‘Maersk Intrepid’ is expected to arrive in the Westcon shipyard in Norway on the 6th June 2014. The shipyard has gone under a number of improvements in recent years; among them is the preparation of the seabed outside the quay to provide jackups with safe moorings. The ‘Maersk Intrepid’ will be the first jackup to use this when it arrives at the shipyard. The unit is planning to stay at the Westcon yard for 50-60 days to train the crew, install third party equipment and test on board systems before drilling for Total on the Martin Linge field.

2 Jul 2012

Significant gas and condensate discovery in the North Sea

Statoil has made a significant gas and condensate discovery in the King Lear prospect in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea along with its partner Total E&P Norge. Exploration well 2/4-21 drilled by the jack-up rig Maersk Gallant in production licences 146 and 333, has proven a 48-metre gas/condensate column in the main bore 2/4-21 and an additional 70-metre gas/condensate column in the side-track 2/4-21A. Statoil estimates the total volumes in King Lear to be between 70 and 200 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent (o.e.). “Statoil had earlier defined King Lear as a potential high-impact prospect. The drill results confirm our expectations and show once again that the Norwegian continental shelf still delivers high value barrels,” says Gro Gunleiksrud Haatvedt , senior vice president exploration Norway in Statoil. Data acquisition is currently being finalised in the sidetrack. As King Lear is a high-pressure, high-temperature well, special attention is given to ensuring safe drilling operations. The King Lear discovery is an important contribution to Statoil’s corporate strategy of revitalising the NCS with high-value barrels. “King Lear lies approximately 20 kilometres north of the Ekofisk field. It is encouraging to see that this part of the Norwegian continental shelf – home to the first commercial oil find in Norway – is still delivering significant discoveries,” says Haatvedt. “This reinforces our faith in the exploration potential of the Norwegian continental shelf. Not only does it have a proud past, but also an exciting future,” she adds. Statoil will plan for appraisal drilling of the discovery as well as exploration drilling on other interesting prospects in the licences. Going forward, Statoil as operator will look into an optimal development solution for King Lear and evaluate if the discovery should be developed as a stand-alone or as a tie-in to infrastructure in the area. This area, normally considered an oil province, may on the basis of this discovery and other gas resources form the basis for future gas development. Wells 2/4-21 and 2/4-21 A are the eleventh and twelfth wells drilled in production licence PL146. Well 2/4-21 was drilled to a vertical depth of 5,344 metres below sea level in 67 metres of water, while well 2/4-21 A was drilled to a vertical depth of 5,237 metres below sea level. Statoil is operator for production licences PL146 and PL333 with an ownership share of 77.8%. The licence partner is Total E&P Norge (22.2%). The King Lear discovery is the eighth high-impact* discovery made by Statoil over the last 15 months. The other high-impact discoveries are Zafarani and Lavani in Tanzania, Skrugard and Havis in the Barents Sea, Johan Sverdrup (formerly Aldous/Avaldsnes) in the North Sea, and Peregrino South and Pão de Açúcar (non-operated) in Brazil.

10 Jun 2014

'Maersk Intrepid' arrives at Westcon shipyard in Norway

The world’s largest jack-up rig has arrived Westcon in Olen, Norway. The unit has sailed from Singapore with the heavy lift vessel Hawk. With a leg length of 206.8 meters ‘Maersk Intrepid’ is the world’s largest jack-up rig. The rig is planning to stay at Westcon Yards for 50-60 days to train the crew, install third part equipment and to test the systems on board”, says Malvin Eide, rig manager at Westcon Yards. These days it is 20 years since Safe Britannia entered Westcon as the first rig project of the yard. Westcon has since invested more than NOK600 million in developing the yard and the organization, and more than 100 rig projects have been completed.

11 Jun 2014

Key Largo prospect to be spudded by 'Maersk Valiant'

Maersk Drilling recently dedicated their second and third ultra-deepwater drillships, one of which, the ‘Maersk Valiant’, will begin a three year contract with Marathon Oil and ConocoPhillips for drilling programs in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). The ‘Maersk Valiant’ and ‘Maersk Venturer’ were officially named during a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea on January 23rd. Annell Bay, Marathon Oil Vice President of Global Exploration, had the honor of serving as sponsor of the ‘Maersk Venturer’ during the ceremony. The first well scheduled to be drilled by the ‘Maersk Valiant’ will be at Marathon Oil’s Key Largo prospect in the GoM during the fourth quarter of 2014. “The delivery of the Maersk Valiant later this year will mark an exciting period of time for Marathon Oil. This drillship provides us with a dedicated deep-water asset to undertake exploration on the leases our Company has purchased in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Bryan J. Roy, vice president of Worldwide Drilling & Completions. “We all look forward to spudding the Key Largo well using this state-of-the art drillship that has been engineered for maximum safety and efficiency.

20 Jun 2014

'Maersk Gallant' set to drill in PL146 in Norway

Statoil Petroleum AS has received consent for exploration drilling using the ‘Mærsk Gallant’ mobile drilling facility to drill wells 2/4-22 S and 2/4-22 A in production licence 146. The wells are in the southern part of the North Sea, 15 km north of the Ekofisk field and around 260 km from the nearest land at Lista. Water depth at the site is approximately 67 metres. Drilling is planned to begin in June/July 2014 and is expected to take around 189 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. ‘Mærsk Gallant’ is a jack-up drilling facility, built at Far East Levingston Shipbuilding (FELS) in Singapore in 1993. The facility is operated by Maersk Contractors Norge A/S. It received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in August 2002.

2 Jul 2014

DSM to provide mooring services for 'Maersk Discoverer'

Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) has won the contract to provide a comprehensive range of mooring services to Maersk Drilling for its sixth generation, semi-submersible drilling rig ‘Maersk Discoverer’. DSM will now design, engineer and install the mooring system for the advanced rig. “This is the first time we’ve worked with Maersk Drilling and the first time we’ve undertaken operations in Egypt,” comments Åge Straume, CEO of Deep Sea Mooring. “So, it’s a very significant contract for us and allows us to demonstrate how our extensive experience of installing mooring systems in the harsh environment of the North Sea can be transferred to new territories.” DSM will take the project from conception to completion – designing the complete mooring spread, defining operational procedures, mobilising and demobilising all equipment in both Norway and Egypt, pre-installing the anchors prior to rig arrival, and hooking up the rig when it arrives on location. “This is a complex assignment,” he states, “with water depths of 930m entailing high loads and a need to design a robust, high-quality and streamlined mooring solution. It’s the kind of challenge our experienced team thrive on and one we’ve successfully tackled for leading players in the energy industry, such as Statoil, in the North Sea, and Husky Energy, off the coast of Newfoundland. It’s exciting to be given the opportunity to showcase our expertise with a new client of A.P Moeller-Maersk’s standing.” In addition, Bergen-headquartered DSM will provide all base operations and personnel for the mooring and hook-up task. Once in place, ‘Maersk Discoverer’, a GustoMSC DSS 21 rig capable of drilling to 10,000m, will work the BP prospect.

5 Apr 2012

'Maersk Deliverer' spuds Tapir South well in Namibia

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (AIM: CHAR), the independent Africa focused oil and gas exploration company, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Enigma Oil & Gas Exploration (Pty) Limited, has commenced drilling the first well, 1811/5-1, of its 4 to 5 well drilling programme offshore Namibia. Drilling operations began this morning on the Tapir South prospect using the ‘Maersk Deliverer’ semi-submersible drilling rig, with Chariot as Operator. The prospect has a 25% Chance of Success and a mean un-risked prospective resource potential of 604 million barrels of oil. In the event of success, the results of this well will significantly increase the Chance of Success on certain of the Company’s other prospects within the Tapir Trend. Tapir South (1811/5-1) will be only the second well ever to be drilled in the Namibe Basin. It is located 80km offshore Namibia in the Company’s northern block 1811A, in which Chariot has a 100% equity interest. The well is being drilled to an estimated total vertical depth subsea of 5,100m and, as announced following the Placing of 20 March 2012, this will now include extended drilling time to ensure that one of the deeper identified targets is drilled and fully evaluated. This deeper target is believed to be a carbonate section, age equivalent to the reservoir in recent sub-salt discoveries in the on-trend Kwanza basin offshore Angola. The drilling and logging operations are expected to take approximately 70 days and a further announcement will be made when the well results are known. The Tapir South prospect is part of the Tapir Trend where three prospects have been identified on a large ridge formed by a rotated fault block containing the potential carbonate target, draped by deep marine sediments with turbidite sandstone levels forming a stack of overlying targets. Tapir South is the southernmost of three culminations on the ridge and forms a focal point for charge migration from an adjacent basin in which excellent oil prone source rocks are believed to be present and currently generating oil. The second well to be drilled in the Chariot exploration programme, Kabeljou (2714/6-1), targeting the Nimrod prospect is now likely to spud earlier than previously reported. The Operator has informed Chariot that it now expects to secure a drilling unit in Q3 2012.

14 May 2012

Chariot fails to find commercial discovery at Tapir South

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (Chariot), the Africa focused oil and gas exploration company, confirms that the Tapir South (1811/5-1) exploration well in Northern Block 1811A in the Namibe basin offshore Namibia has reached a total depth of 4,879 metres TVDss. The well was drilled by the ‘Mærsk Deliverer’ semi-submersible drillship in 2,134 metres of water and operated by Chariot’s wholly owned Namibian subsidiary, Enigma Oil & Gas (Pty) Limited. Preliminary logging results indicate that, although excellent reservoirs were penetrated, no commercial hydrocarbons were found and the well will be plugged and abandoned. The well encountered 173 metres of net reservoir sand of Cretaceous age, including two zones in excess of 30 metres with average porosities of 24% and evidence of good permeabilities. Carbonate intervals were also penetrated with porosities up to 18% over a net interval of 28 metres; these results exceeded our pre-drill estimates. Detailed analyses will be conducted on the data collected during the drilling of Tapir South. This information will be used to calibrate the existing data set and a resource update of the remaining prospectivity in the block will be provided once this evaluation has been completed.

5 Oct 2010

African Petroleum contracts 'Maersk Deliverer' for Liberia drilling

West African focused oil and gas exploration company, African Petroleum Corporation Limited (African Petroleum), is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with Maersk Drilling for a two well programme, with the option to test both wells, at Blocks 8 and 9, located offshore Liberia, West Africa (Liberian Blocks). The two well programme will be completed using the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible, ‘Maersk Deliverer’ drilling rig. The programme is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2011. ‘Maersk Deliverer’ is the third in a series of three state-of-the-art newbuild ultra deepwater development semi-submersibles in Maersk Drilling’s fleet.

8 Apr 2011

Delivery of 'Maersk Deliverer' delayed

African Petroleum Corporation Limited (African Petroleum) holds 100% of Blocks LB-08 and LB-09, located offshore Liberia, West Africa. Further to the Company’s announcement dated 11th March 2011 (11th March Announcement), the Company advises that due to operational delays being encountered by the existing operator, its 2011 two well deepwater offshore drilling programme in West Africa, using the ‘Maersk Deliverer’, is now expected to commence in relation to the first well in Block LB-09 in June 2011 (rather than May 2011 as previously contemplated in the 11th March Announcement).

8 Jun 2011

Delivery of 'Maersk Deliverer' rig again delayed

African Petroleum (APCL) entered into a contract with Maersk Drilling in September 2010 for a two well programme using the Maersk Deliverer drilling rig. The ‘Maersk Deliverer’ is the third in a series of three state-of-the-art newbuild ultra deepwater development semi-submersibles in Maersk Drilling’s fleet and is capable of drilling in water depths of up to 3,000 metres.As mentioned in the March 2011 Quarterly Report, the Company was due to take delivery of the drilling rig in June 2011. However, Maersk Drilling has now advised that its current contractual drilling commitments with Amerada Hess Corporation for the ‘Maersk Deliverer’ rig has been extended due to that company making a discovery offshore Ghana. As a consequence, the Company now expects to take delivery of the ‘Maersk Deliverer’ in August 2011.

11 Aug 2011

African Petroleum spuds Apalis-1 prospect in Liberia

African Petroleum Corporation Limited (African Petroleum) commenced drilling its first exploration well in Liberia on 8th August 2011 with the ‘Maersk Deliverer’semi-submersible deepwater drilling rig. The Company has a 100% interest in Blocks LB-08 and LB-09 and is fully funded for a further 5 additional exploration wells. African Petroleum will be drilling the Apalis Prospect on Block LB-09 in Liberia with estimated prospective recoverable oil resources of 500 (mean case) to 1,000 (upside) million barrels. Detailed technical analysis of the 3D seismic data acquired in 2010 has shown that the Apalis Prospect may contain multiple sand reservoirs in the Upper Cretaceous Maastrichtian and Turonian as well as in the Aptian and Albian. Some of the potential reservoirs in the Apalis Prospect have a well-developed 3D seismic class 3/4 AVO response, similar to those reported for nearby discoveries in Sierra Leone and Ghana. Due to the tightening rig market and limited availability of deepwater 5th generation drilling rigs in the West African region, African Petroleum has entered into agreements with Lukoil Overseas Cote d’Ivoire E&P Ltd (Lukoil), Vanco Cote d’Ivoire Ltd (Vanco) and AP Moller-Maersk (Maersk) that the ‘Maersk Deliverer’ will be released to Vanco and Lukoil for two wells after the drilling of the Apalis Prospect and will then be returned to African Petroleum for one additional well. The agreement to swap drilling slots with Lukoil and Vanco enhances the flexibility of the Company’s 2-3 well drilling program planned for 2012 as it allows the Maersk Deliverer to be reserved for the deepest water exploration drilling targets. Additionally, the planned interval between the “Apalis” well and the second well allows for the integration of both the geological and operational information to be better utilized in planning the 2012 wells. African Petroleum is currently planning to contract a second deepwater rig in 2012 to accelerate drilling plans in the West African Transform Margin.

8 Sep 2011

Apalis-1 well deemed non-commercial by African Petroleum

African Petroleum Corporation Limited (African Petroleum) has completed drilling the first well (Apalis-1) in deepwater offshore Liberia Block LB-09. The results of Apalis-1 confirm Blocks LB-08 and LB-09 (100% owned by African Petroleum) are located in a prospective oil basin, which is a major step forward. The geological and geophysical data have confirmed the critical components of a working hydrocarbon system are present and functioning. African Petroleum is now accelerating a multi well drilling program on the 25+ exploration prospects identified in both blocks offshore Liberia and plans to spud the next well during Q4 2011 and Q1 2012. Apalis-1 was drilled to a depth of 3,665 meters and encountered oil shows in several geological units including the shallower (Tertiary) and deeper (Cretaceous) and petrophysical analysis indicates the presence of hydrocarbons. No commercial quality reservoir with hydrocarbons was encountered and consequently no well production test was undertaken.

6 Jan 2012

Narina-1 well spudded in Liberia

African Petroleum Corporation Limitied (APCL) has commenced drilling of the Narina-1 exploration well on Block LB-09, offshore Liberia where the company has a 100% interest. APCL drilled the first well (Apalis-1) in 2011 with encouraging results. The Narina-1 well will primarily target a Turonian prospect similar to discoveries like Jubilee in Ghana and Mercury/Venus in Sierra Leone. APCL estimates the targeted prospect has potential recoverable oil resources 500 mmbbls (Mean) to 1,200 mmbbls (Upside) for the Turonian reservoir plus additional potential resources in both shallower and deeper reservoirs. The Narina-1 well will be drilled by the ‘Maersk Deliverer’ semisub.

21 Feb 2012

African Petroleum announces discovery with Narina-1 well in Liberia

African Petroleum Corporation Limited (APCL) announces that the Narina-1 well, offshore block LB-09, Liberia, has made a significant oil discovery. The discovery confirms the prospectivity of both of these highly successful West African exploration plays on APCL’s Blocks LB-08 and LB-09. Oil was found in good quality reservoirs in a Turonian submarine fan system extending across a prospective are of 250 sq km. The Narina-1 well was drilled by the ‘Maersk Deliverer’ to a total depth of 4,850 metres (15,912 feet), in a water depth of 1,143 metres (3,750 feet) taking 43 days for completion.

30 Jul 2014

Statoil given go ahead to spud 2/4-22 S well in PL 146

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wellbore 2/4-22 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Wellbore 2/4-22 S will be drilled from the Mærsk Gallant drilling facility at position 56°42' 58.12'' north and 3°10' 3.11'' east. The drilling programme for wellbore 2/4-22 S relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 146. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 77.8 per cent. The other licensee is Total E&P Norge AS (22.2 per cent). The area in this licence consists of parts of the 2/4 block. The well will be drilled about 20 kilometres north of the Ekofisk field. Production licence 146 was awarded on 8 July 1988 (12th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the thirteenth well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.

7 Aug 2014

Maersk Drilling takes delivery of second giant jackup

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its second ultra-harsh environment jack-up, ‘XL Enhanced 2’, from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore on time. The rig will start its mobilisation to the Norwegian North Sea in approximately two weeks, where it will commence a five year contract with Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) The rig, which will be named at a ceremony in Norway in October, is the second in a series of four newbuild ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet in 2014-16. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of USD2.6 billion. The first three jack-up rigs, including ‘XL Enhanced 2’, will be delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard in 2014-2015, and the fourth will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016. The total estimated contract value is approximately USD 700 million. Det norske has options to extend the contract up to a total of seven years. The rig will be working on the Ivar Aasen field, which contains approximately 150 million barrels of oil equivalents.

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