TotalEnergies brings in Maersk rig for North Sea job

Danish offshore drilling contractor Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract with TotalEnergies in the Danish North Sea.

Maersk Reacher jack-up rig - Maersk Drilling
Maersk Reacher jack-up rig; Source: Maersk Drilling

Under the contract, TotalEnergies will employ the high-efficiency jack-up rig Maersk Reacher for well intervention services.

The contract is expected to start in July 2022, with a duration of 21 months. The contract includes options to extend the duration by up to 27 additional months.

The rig is currently operating offshore Norway where it is scheduled to be replaced in a rig swap with Maersk Integrator end-February/early March 2022.

Namely, earlier this week, Maersk Drilling and Aker BP agreed to a rig swap for an extended scope of work offshore Norway, adding $29 million to Maersk Drilling’s backlog.

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Maersk Reacher will undergo a special periodic survey prior to starting the contract with TotalEnergies.

Claus Bachmann, Head of North Sea Division in Maersk Drilling, said: “We’re happy to build further on our long-standing collaboration with TotalEnergies by adding this long-term contract which means that two of our rigs will be working for TotalEnergies in Danish waters this year. Maersk Reacher will be available for the job after being released from its current work scope in Norway through the planned rig swap with Maersk Integrator.”

Maersk Reacher is a 350ft, Gusto-engineered MSC CJ50 high-efficiency jack-up rig, which was delivered in 2009.

Earlier this month, TotalEnergies also added more work to another Maersk Drilling-owned rig, the Maersk Valiant drillship. TotalEnergies exercised an option to add the drilling of one additional well in Block 58 offshore Suriname to the drillship’s work scope.