Danish rig owner Maersk Drilling has secured a one-well contract from Petrogas, which will see harsh-environment jack-up rig Maersk Resolute perform well maintenance work and drill a sidetrack of the A9 well at the P9 Horizon field in the Dutch North Sea.

Prior to starting this contract, Maersk Resolute will be equipped with a high-efficiency Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system that uses ammonia injection to convert nitrogen oxide into harmless water and nitrogen, expectedly reducing NOx emissions by up to 98%. The design will include an advanced control interface between engines and SCR units.

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“We’re happy to add this contract for Petrogas which will bring Maersk Resolute back to work on an extreme extended reach well at P9 Horizon, which the rig originally completed in the autumn of 2019,"said Maersk Drilling chief operating officer Morten Kelstrup.

"Operations in the Dutch North Sea come with a strict focus on protecting the environment, and we fully support this as part of our ambition of providing responsible drilling.”

Warm-stacked

Maersk Resolute, a 350ft, Gusto-engineered MSC CJ50 high-efficiency jack-up rig, is currently warm-stacked in Esbjerg, Denmark after completing its latest campaign offshore the Netherlands in December 2019.

Following completion of the $4.5 million contract with Petrogas, which is expected to start next month and last some 45 days, the rig will move to start a two-well campaign for Dana Petroleum, also offshore the Netherlands.