Drilling-rig operator Maersk Drilling has secured a new contract from OMV (Norge) to drill a high pressure, high temperature exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea.

As agreed, the rig owner will use the low-emission jack-up rig Maersk Intrepid to drill the exploration well in Block 30/5C of the North Sea basin.

Contracted works are expected to start in the middle of next year. There are two companies currently working to add other services to the scope of works.

Maersk Drilling COO Morten Kelstrup said: “We’re delighted that OMV once again trusts us with the exploration of their prospects and look forward to building further on the close and extremely efficient collaboration we established during Maersk Integrator’s campaign for the customer earlier this year.”

As an ultra-harsh environment CJ70 XLE jack-up rig, Maersk Intrepid is designed for year-round operations in the North Sea.

The rig is also one of the first Maersk Drilling’s rigs to be upgraded to a hybrid, low-emission rig.

Initial data shows that the upgrade reduced fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 25%.

It is currently working for Equinor Energy offshore Norway.

According to its website, Maersk Drilling has been operating for more than 45 years in the industry.

Last month, the company agreed to merge with its US rival Noble Corporation in an all-stock deal.

The deal will create one of the largest offshore oil drilling rig companies in the world, with a fleet of 20 floaters and 19 jack-up rigs.