Aker BP Books Maersk Integrator Jack-Up Rig for Two Ivar Aasen Field Wells


February 5, 2021
Maersk Integrator/Credit: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Integrator/Credit: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling has won a two-well contract for its jack-up drilling rig Maersk Integrator with Aker BP in Norway.

The Danish drilling company said Friday, that rig will, in direct continuation of its previously announced work scope with a different operator, return to Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen field for a two-well campaign expected to start in Q3 2021. 

The two-well contract has an estimated duration of 73 days and a contract value of approximately USD 19.5 million, excluding integrated services provided and potential performance bonuses.

The Maersk Integrator ultra-harsh environment drilling rig 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 Jack-up 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, Maersk Drilling explained.

The 2015-built 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,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.

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