Shell to deploy Maersk Drilling rig for work offshore Trinidad


Shell has contracted Maersk Drilling for the deepwater semi-submersible rig Mærsk Developer, which is set to be deployed in the East Coast Marine Area (ECMA) off the shore of Trinidad.

The project will include the drilling and completion of three wells, as well as the suspension of one well within the ECMA area.

Maersk Drilling will also provide additional in-field integrated services as part of the deal.

The contracted works are scheduled to commence in January next year and will take an estimated eight to nine months to complete, with the option of two further years for additional works.

Maersk Drilling chief commercial officer Lars Østergaard said: “Working with Shell on this project and contributing to delivering gas production in Trinidad is very exciting for Maersk Drilling.

“The project scope involves a range of integrated services and we look forward to taking on the responsibility for these while deploying Maersk Developer’s advanced drilling capabilities.”

"The project scope involves a range of integrated services and we look forward to taking on the responsibility for these while deploying Maersk Developer’s advanced drilling capabilities."

In addition, Wintershall Noordzee has awarded a contract extension to Maersk Drilling for the Maersk Resolve jack-up rig.

The duration of the contract has been extended to 160-190 days from the original 86 days, with the option of further additions in future.

Maersk Drilling has also signed an extension with Petrogas E&P Netherlands for the Maersk Resolute jack-up, which will be used to conduct plug and abandonment work at the Q1 Halfweg platform.

The new deal extends the contract from 95 days up to a total of 140 days.


Image: Mærsk Developer. Photo: courtesy of Maersk Drilling.