Odfjell Drilling wins rig contract from Aker BP


Odfjell Drilling has secured a $68m contract from Aker BP to lease the semi-submersible drilling rig ‘Deepsea Stavanger’ for nine months.

Set to commence from February next year, the contract will be completed in October.

Odfjell Drilling CEO Simen Lieungh said: “The contract with Aker BP is an important opportunity for Odfjell Drilling to demonstrate its continued exceptional track record and develop a relationship with potentially one of Norway’s largest oil companies.

“Aker BP’s focus on digitalisation is very exciting and appealing for our company’s operational philosophy and appetite to work with operators in developing tomorrow’s technology.”

The contract involves the exploration and development drilling at various sites situated within the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea using the semi-submersible rig Deepsea Stavanger.

The rig has been designed to carry out operations in adverse environments and at water depths of up to 3,000m.

"Aker BP’s focus on digitalisation is very exciting and appealing for our company’s operational philosophy and appetite to work with operators in developing tomorrow’s technology."

Managed and owned by Odfjell Drilling, it is equipped with a full conventional mooring spread for operations in water depths of 70m to 500m.

It comes with a 7,500mt loading capacity to ensure efficiency in all operating conditions with a reduced supply need.

The drilling system of Deepsea Stavanger includes a dual derrick with a main and an auxiliary work centre to carry out multiple operations simultaneously.

The drilling system has dual-active heave compensating drawworks for better performance, efficiency and safety.


Image: Deepsea Stavanger. Photo: courtesy of Aker BP.