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Maersk Drilling joins forces with Halliburton and Petrofac for Seapulse drilling program

Offshore drilling contractor Maersk Drilling has signed agreements with Halliburton and Petrofac to collaborate on the exploration program to be delivered under Maersk Drilling’s master alliance agreement with Seapulse.

Source: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling and Seapulse signed the master alliance agreement in December 2018 under which Maersk Drilling is responsible for providing fully integrated drilling services, including the provision of drillings rigs and all related services for a global offshore oil and gas exploration program.

Announcing the new agreements with the oilfield services providers on Wednesday, Maersk Drilling said that Petrofac would deliver well management services, and Halliburton would deliver integrated well services, throughout the program.

The Seapulse portfolio spans shallow water and deepwater wells in several regions. Two wells in the UK North Sea have previously been announced as part of the work scope, which is expected to start drilling in the second half of 2020.

Maersk Drilling COO, Morten Kelstrup, said: “We’re thrilled to join forces with Halliburton and Petrofac for this program which breaks new ground in the industry by using a fully integrated service delivery model aimed at eliminating inefficiencies by aligning incentives and removing complexity across the entire value chain. Halliburton and Petrofac bring strong operational expertise and decades of experience in delivering and integrating oilfield services, which will further contribute to the ability to mitigate the operator cost risk associated with exploration drilling whilst we foster new ways of collaborating across the supply chain.”

Nick Shorten, Managing Director for Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services West business, said: “Petrofac is delighted to be part of this exciting global supply chain collaboration. The aims of the Maersk Drilling and Seapulse alliance closely align with our own operating principles – we very much look forward to working with all parties to deliver effective and technically robust campaigns.”

“This collaborative model aligns with and leverages Halliburton’s proven integration approach that creates value for our global customers both on- and offshore,” said Steve Haden, Senior Vice President of Halliburton Project Management.

CEO and co-founder of Seapulse, Scott Aitken, added: “We are very pleased to see the well delivery model that we have entered into with Maersk Drilling continue to mature with world-class partners. The Seapulse business model leverages Maersk Drilling’s partnerships’ technological and operational expertise to drill and test a statistically relevant exploration portfolio of a scale normally only associated with major oil companies.”


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