COPENHAGEN, Denmark– Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its fourth XLE jackup rig, the Maersk Invincible, from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea.
In 2Q 2017, theMaersk Invincible will begin a five-year firm contract with Aker BP for P&A work on the Valhall field in the Norwegian North Sea.
This is the fourth and final rig in aseries of four ultra-harsh environment jackup rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The Keppel FELS shipyard delivered the first three.
With a leg length of 206.8 m (678 ft), the rigs said to be the world’s largest jackup rigs and are designed for year round operation in the North Sea, in water depths up to 150 m (492 ft.).
Maersk says the uptime and drilling efficiency are maximized through dual pipe handling. While one string is working in the wellbore, a second string of e.g. casing, drill pipe or bottomhole assembly can be assembled/disassembled and stored in the set-back area, ready for subsequent transfer for use in the wellbore thus reducing the non-productive time.
The drill floor features Multi Machine Control - a fully remote operated pipe handling system allowing all standard operations such as stand building and tripping to be conducted without personnel on the drill floor.