Danish rig contractor Maersk Drilling has won a contract from Spirit Energy for the harsh-environment jack-up rig Maersk Resolve to drill one development well at Grove North East in the UK North Sea.

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The contract, expected to commence in March, has an estimated duration of 131 days.

The firm contract value is approximately $11.3m, including additional services, mobilisation and demobilisation. The contract has an option to add the plugging and abandonment of one well.

“We’re excited to be able to build on our relationship with Spirit Energy with our first UK well for the customer, for whom we previously completed a highly successful subsea development campaign in Norway,” said Maersk Drilling chief operating officer Morten Kelstrup.

The Maersk Resolve is a 3500-foot, Gusto-engineered MSC CJ50 jack-up, which was delivered in 2009.

The rig completed a campaign offshore the Netherlands in October 2020 and is currently warm-stacked in Esbjerg, Denmark.