For more than 40 years, Maersk Drilling have operated drilling rigs in the North Sea, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico. Maersk Drilling is currently building four of the world’s biggest jack-up drilling rigs.
These Ultra Harsh Enviroment jack-ups will be delivered during 2014 and 2015. On the XL Enhanced jack-ups, uptime and drilling efficiency are maximised through dual pipe handling.
While one string is working in the well bore, a second string of e.g. casing, drill pipe or bottom hole assembly can be assembled/disassembled and stored in the set-back area, ready for subsequent transfer for use in the well bore thus reducing the non-productive time.
The drill floor features Multi Machine Control – a fully remote operated pipe handling system allowing all standard operations such as stand building and tripping to be conducted without personnel on the drill floor, thus ensuring a high level of consistency across crews and an improved efficiency.