Maersk secures jackup for next-phase drilling offshore Qatar

Offshore staff

DOHA, Qatar – Maersk Oil Qatar has contracted Gulf Drilling International’s newbuild jackup Al Jassra for a four-year program.

The contract covers drilling and well workover activity on Al Shaheen, Qatar’s largest offshore oil field. 

Lewis Affleck, Maersk Oil Qatar’s managing director said: “By working closely with our partner Qatar Petroleum, Maersk Oil has started to unlock the significant potential of the Al Shaheen oil field. We have already drilled in excess of 300 wells, and we expect to drill many more in the years ahead to optimize recovery from this giant offshore oil field.”

Al Jassra will be one of several rigs used to deliver Maersk Oil’s latest phase development of the field, agreed last November, which calls for drilling of 51 new wells on Al Shaheen. 

The new rig is a Pacific Class 400 jackup. It will feature a 75-ft (23-m) cantilever outreach and will provide the ability to drill extended-reach wells to access the field’s long, thin reservoirs.

Al Jassra is under construction at the PPL shipyard in Singapore. Following commissioning and dry tow, it is expected to arrive in Qatar mid-year.


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