Danish rig operator Maersk Drilling has secured two contract extensions for its Maersk Resolute and Maersk Resolve vessels in the North Sea.

A contract awarded by Petrogas E&P Netherlands involves a 56-day contract extension for Maersk Resolute. The extension will allow the Resolute vessel to continue its work in the Dutch North Sea section.

Following the start of operations in June last year, the vessel has drilled multiple wells in the region including the shallowest horizontal gas well in the A&B area.

This extension increases the contract with Petrogas to a total of 106 days.

Under the second contract with Wintershall Noordzee, Maersk Resolve will continue its ongoing drilling programme in the North Sea for an additional 21 days.

“This extension increases the contract with Petrogas to a total of 106 days.”

The new extension extends the contract with Wintershall Noordzee to a total of 380 days, and will include work at the Ravn field in the Danish North Sea.

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In the last year, Maersk Resolve was engaged in multiple projects for Wintershall Noordzee in the UK, Netherlands, and Denmark.

Maersk Drilling CCIO Morten Kelstrup said: “It is very rewarding to be able to successfully reactivate our rigs from warm stack in order to support our customers’ business by delivering safe and smart drilling operations, deploying rigs and crews with extensive experience in North Sea operations.

“We are especially pleased at the positive feedback our services have received from Wintershall Noordzee, since this was a new customer relationship.”

With a fleet of 24 rigs, Maersk Drilling provides drilling services to various oil companies around the world.

Currently, the company has offices in ten countries and employs 3,000 people.