Danish offshore drilling contractor Maersk Drilling has secured a one-well contract for the ultra-harsh atmosphere jack-up rig Maersk Interceptor with MOL Norge.

According to Maersk Drilling’s assertion on Monday, MOL Norge employed the rig for exploration drilling on PL617 within the Southern North Sea. The license is operated by MOL Norge, a Norwegian unit of Hungarian’s MOL Group, in partnership with Wintershall Dea and OMV Norge.

The estimated contract worth is $16.5 million. The contract is anticipated to start out in August 2020, with an estimated length of 60 days.

“We are blissful to be working along with MOL on this exploration marketing campaign with thrilling prospects. Our XLE rigs have a superb observe report of delivering high-efficiency drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and we count on to construct on this in our first direct collaboration with MOL,” stated Morten Kelstrup, COO of Maersk Drilling.


The Maersk Interceptor is an ultra-harsh atmosphere CJ70 XLE jack-up, designed for year-round operations within the North Sea. It was delivered in 2013 and is at the moment working offshore Norway.

The rig has lately drilled an exploration nicely within the North Sea for Aker BP. The nicely was a minor oil discovery. The rig is now scheduled to drill growth wells in manufacturing license 001 B on the Ivar Aasen discipline within the North Sea, the place Aker BP can also be the operator.


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