Building the next generation of ships and rigs
- The XLEs are featured in a new Discovery Channel television series, which illustrates A.P. Moller - Maerskʼs energy supply chain and follows company experts and subcontractors as they design and build the next generation of ships and drilling rigs
- Filming took place mainly in Denmark, Norway and South Korea and the series was broadcast in 2016
The cantilever – which positions the drilling equipment exactly where it is needed – extends out some 33 metres over the stern, giving more flexibility and enabling work that wouldnʼt be possible with other jack-up rigs. The pipe handling equipment on the drill floor is fully automated, allowing the driller to keep a close eye on the operation making sure everything is operating smoothly. The extra space on board means she has a very high load carrying capacity, and therefore less need for supply vessels.
“We looked at the basic design, took in the lessons about how to make it work better and added more features including extra accommodation, which actually makes her bigger than her sisters,” Smidth says.
All about the customer
The rig can accommodate 180 people, in contrast with the 150 supported by her sisters, because Aker BP needs extra space. In an industry first, power lines running across the seabed from the Norwegian coast will supply the rig with all its power requirements. The special size blow-out preventer will make it more efficient.
“She is going to be a beautiful vessel, and itʼs really satisfying to see it all working together,” says Peder Norborg, Head of the XLE programme.
The performance delivered by assets like Maersk Invincible is helping to keep Maersk Drillingʼs assets at work. Its average operational uptime was 98% in 2016.
“We have had the opportunity to learn from what went before, and then build this,” says Bjørn Frederiksen, about to sail out on Maersk Invincible as technical section leader. “Iʼm proud as Iʼve ever been in a group developing Maersk rigs, and now I see it becoming a reality.”