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Maersk Drilling awarded two-well contract for low-emission rig to return to Aker BP

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Maersk Drilling has secured an additional two-well contract for the low-emission rig Maersk Integrator with Aker BP. The plan is that in direct continuation of the rig’s previously announced work scope with a different operator, Maersk Integrator will return to Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen field for a two-well campaign expected to commence in Q3 2021. The contract has an estimated duration of 73 days and a contract value of approximately $19.5 million, excluding integrated services provided and potential performance bonuses.

The Maersk Integrator jackup will work a two-well campaign at Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen field starting in Q3 2021. (Maersk)

Maersk Integrator is contracted under the terms of the frame agreement that Maersk Drilling and Aker BP entered into in 2017 as part of the Aker BP Jackup Alliance which also includes Halliburton. The tripartite alliance uses a shared incentives model, thereby securing mutual commitment to collaborate and drive digital initiatives to reduce waste and deliver value. Contracts under the alliance are based on market-rate terms but add the possibility of an upside for all parties, based on actual delivery and performance.

The ultra-harsh environment jackup rig is currently completing a series of upgrades to turn it into a hybrid, low-emission rig. The upgrades are supported by a grant from the Norwegian NOx Fund and a separate compensation scheme agreed with Aker BP rewarding reductions in fuel consumption and reduced emissions.

“It’s great to add another two wells which shores up Maersk Integrator’s drilling programs for all of 2021. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Aker BP and Halliburton in order to add to the efficiency gains realized by our alliance. This in itself lowers the CO2 emissions associated with drilling, and the low-emission upgrades will contribute further to delivering on our target of reducing the CO2 intensity from rig operations,” Maersk Drilling COO Morten Kelstrup said.

Maersk Integrator is an ultra-harsh environment CJ70 XLE jackup rig, designed for year-round operations in the North Sea. It was delivered in 2015 and is currently operating offshore Norway.

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