The scenic fjordside landscape surrounding the Westcon rig outfitting yard on Norway’s west coast has gained a new towering feature with the arrival this week of the world’s largest jack-up.
The giant rig Maersk Intrepid, with a leg length of 207 metres, is the first of four so-called XL Enhanced newbuild jack-ups ordered by Danish contractor Maersk Drilling to be delivered.
The unit is due to start drilling work for Total on the Martin Linge field off Norway later this summer after the expected 50 to 60-day yard stay at Westcon, which will carry out crew training, installation of third-party equipment and system testing.
The rig was transported to the Olen yard on heavy transport vessel Hawk from Singapore yard Keppel Fels, which has two more identical units under construction that are due for delivery later this year and in 2015, with the fourth unit being built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and set to hit the water in 2016.
The remaining three rigs – ordered at $650 million apiece – are all fixed on long-term contracts with Det Norske Oljeselskap, Statoil and BP for work on their respective Ivar Aasen, Gina Krog and Valhall fields off Norway.