With a dual derrick setup, one side can continue drilling while the other conducts offline operations such as building stands of pipe, thereby maximising the time spent working on the well.
“Our new technology is performing admirably, and this is the differentiating factor for customers when oil prices are so low,” says Maersk Drilling’s Chief Commercial Officer Ana Zambelli. “We developed state of the art drillships that are operated by well-trained and competent crews, and our services are allowing us to build up a good contract backlog in such a tough market.”
Top of the range
Maersk Drilling has four new ultra deepwater drillships like the Maersk Valiant in its fleet and three XLE jackup rigs, designed for ultra harsh environments, with a fourth due for delivery in 2016.
To build them, designers took the best of what they already had and scaled it up in size to match the bigger hardware, installed measures to improve efficiency and introduced a proactive hiring policy to ensure crews were up to speed from the first day of operations.
“It’s actually quite a challenge because it’s such a range of technology. None of us can be experts on all of it. So, you have to rely on your specialists and team leaders,” says Craig Fraser, the Offshore Installation Manager.
“It’s a demanding industry. Clients want performance and the oil market demands that even more,” Fraser says. “Our clients are always challenging us to improve and I believe that while they always demand more, they get a high-end product.”