Keppel FELS, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has delivered XLE-3 ultra harsh environment jack-up to Maersk Drilling.
The rig will be mobilised to the Norwegian North Sea in late-February to start a contract of four years with Statoil for development drilling on the Gina Krog field in the Norwegian North Sea.
The rig is the third in a series of four newbuild jack-ups to enter Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet in 2014-16. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of $2.6bn.
Keppel FELS has delivered the first three jack-up rigs from its shipyard in Singapore, and the fourth will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016.
Gina Krog is located about 30km north-west of Sleipner. The discovery will be developed into the Sleipner field.
The field forms part of Statoil’s major new developments with an estimated 225 million barrels of oil and gas.
Gas was found in the Gina Krog discovery as early as in the 1970s, just north of the Sleipner Vest field in the central part of the North Sea.
Gas, condensate and oil were discovered in the Ermintrude prospect in 2007. Appraisal wells drilled on Gina Krog from 2008 to 2011 proved an oil column under the gas.
A plan for development and operation of the field was submitted in December 2012.
Image: The XLE-3 ultra harsh environment jack-up rig will be mobilised to the Norwegian North Sea in late-February. Photo: courtesy of Maersk Drilling.