Rig: Maersk Interceptor

Name Maersk Interceptor
Owner Maersk Drilling
Manager Maersk Drilling
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type High-Specification
Max Water Depth (ft) 492
Max Drill Depth (ft) 40000
Dimensions (ft) 291 x 336 x 39
Leg Length (ft) 678
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Norway
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco SSGD-5750
Drawworks HP 5750
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco 14-P-220 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco HPS-1000
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2100000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Gusto MSC
Rig Model CJ70-X150MD
Year Built 2014
Country of Build Singapore
Yard Name Pioneer Yard I
Group Yard Name Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Aker BP

News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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