Lundin hires Island Offshore PSV duo for rig support in Norway

Swedish oil and gas company Lundin Petroleum has chartered two LNG-powered platform supply vessels from Island Offshore.

The contract was awarded to Island Offshore by Lundin’s Norwegian subsidiary Lundin Norway.

In its statement on Friday, Island Offshore did not reveal the names of the vessels, however, the company CEO Havard Ulstein confirmed for Offshore Energy Today that the vessels in question were Island Contender and Island Crusader.

While island did not provide any details on the length of the contracts, Norwegian shipbrokers Westshore have shared that Island Crusader would be used for supply duties for the COSL Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig on a 100 days firm contract with Lunding having four one-well options to extend.

Lundin in late 2017 said it would use the COSL Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig for one well offshore Norway, starting in March. This also meant the rig would return to work after having been idle due to damage sustained in December 2015 when it was struck by a steep wave, leading to the death of one crewmember, several injuries, and extensive damage to the living quarters.

The rig was working for Statoil on the Troll field in the North Sea, offshore Norway, when the horizontal wave smashed the rig’s two lower decks in the early morning on December 30, 2015.

According to info from December 2017, Lundin was to have an option to extend the rig contract for eight more wells. As reported by Offshore Energy Today in late January, Lundin has already exercised its first option in the contract for the COSL Drilling-owned drilling rig. The rig will be used to drill the Luno 2 and Rolvsnes wells.

Earlier this month, Lundin received approvals from the Norwegian authorities to drill an appraisal well in production license 338 C in the North Sea. Drilling is scheduled to begin in March 2018 and will last around 110 days, Petroleum Safety Authority said earlier in March.

Offshore Energy Today Staff