Odfjell Drilling’s Deepsea Stavanger rig selected to drill well on UK Continental Shelf

JX Nippon Exploration and Production (UK) has contracted Odfjell Drilling’s semi-submersible rig Deepsea Stavanger to drill a well west of Shetland on the UK Continental Shelf.

Odfjell Drilling CEO Simen Lieungh said: “The contract with JX Nippon secures interim utilisation of Deepsea Stavanger before start-up of the Wintershall drilling contract in 2017.

“We have a fleet of high-performing rigs with a strong track record that gives us confidence in our market position even if the competition is tougher than ever.”

The contract is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2016 and would be carried out for 60 to 75 days.

In November 2015, Deepsea Stavanger finalised its contract with BP in Angola and is currently heading to Norway after completing its five-year periodic survey.

The unit also has a contract with Wintershall on the Maria field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf beginning early 2017.

Deepsea Stavanger is 100%-owned by Odfjell Drilling and is a sixth-generation deepwater and harsh environment semi-submersible.

The unit has been designed to perform operations in harsh environments and at water depths of up to 3,000m. It comprises a drilling system, which includes a dual derrick with a main and an auxiliary work centre to facilitate various operations.

The rig is equipped with a full conventional mooring spread for operations in water depths of 70m to 500m and has a loading capacity of 7,500mt in all operating conditions.