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Askeladden 'arrives' at Norway yard

First of two Cat-J jack-ups set to be prepared for work with Statoil off Norway at CCB

The first of two so-called Category J jack-up rigs has reportedly arrived at Coast Center Base (CCB) near Bergen on Norway’s west coast where it will be prepared for work on Statoil’s Gullfaks field in the North Sea.

The rig, Askeladden, reached the yard on Thursday after being transported on Dockwise’s heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, Norwegian publication Petro.no reported.

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CCB will carry out outfitting and preparation of both Askeladden and sister rig Askepott that is also en route from the South Korean yard onboard Offshore Heavy Transport vessel OHT Hawk.

The latter unit will be used to drill production wells at the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 satellite project being developed by the state-controlled operator in the North Sea.

The pair of GustoMSC CJ70-design rigs, capable of drilling in a water depth of between 70 and 150 metres to a depth of 10,000 metres, have been custom-designed for year-round work in the harsh-environment North Sea with a view to boosting drilling efficiency.

Both rigs will be owned by field licence partners in a departure by Statoil from the traditional contractor ownership model for such units, with KCA Deutag to operate the jack-ups under a $900 million contract with a firm eight-year duration.