Maersk takes delivery of third ultra-harsh environment jackup

Offshore staff

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its third ultra-harsh environment jackup, XLE-3, from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore ahead of schedule.

The rig will start development drilling for Statoil on the Gina Krog field in the Norwegian North Sea in late February.  

The rig, which will be named at a ceremony in Singapore in February, is the third of four newbuild ultra-harsh environment jackups to enter Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet in 2014-16. The four rigs represent a total investment of $2.6 billion.

The fourth will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016.

With a leg length of 206.8 m (678 ft) the rigs are designed for year-round operation in the North Sea, in water depths up to 150 m (492 ft).

01/29/2015

XLE-3
(Photo courtesy Maersk Drilling)

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