Operational performance of Maersk Drilling’s newbuilds in H1 2015
- Maersk Viking 99.6%
- Maersk Venturer 99.0%
- Maersk Interceptor 98.1%
- Maersk Intrepid 96.8%
- Maersk Valiant 93.0%
In a competitive hiring market, Maersk Drilling instigated a specific plan for the newbuilds, to which Jacob Odgaard – who headed the Operational Readiness Team – attributes a large part of their success. This included setting the desired proportion of current Maersk Drilling employees against outside hires and figures for how many would be taken from current rigs. In addition, the provided training was carefully tailored for each position. Finally, the plan was implemented from the very onset, when the newbuilds were ordered.
“People recognised that we were a serious company and that we really went to great lengths to train people prior to going into operation. The word spread and we got lots of applicants”, Odgaard says.
Right people, right mindset
The XLEs can operate more efficiently because of their greater degree of automation, innovative design around handling and a cantilever with extended reach, which gives added flexibility in drilling, especially over the larger platforms in field development.
Uptime and drilling efficiency are maximised through dual pipe handling: while one string is working in the well bore, a second string of casing, drill pipe or bottom hole assembly can be assembled or disassembled and stored, ready for use, in the set-back area - thus reducing the non-productive time.
“This is important to customers as Maersk Drilling’s day rate typically constitutes between a third and half of the total daily cost. In a tough market where contracts are hard to come by, this kind of startup performance can make a driller the partner of choice for oil companies”, says Per Gøbel, Vice President and Asset Manager for the harsh environment jack-ups.
“We can use the downturn to position ourselves as the preferred supplier”, says Gøbel, who has three XLEs operating in Norway and a fourth arriving in 2016. “Operators are driving for efficiency, and with this hardware Maersk Drilling is years ahead”.