The XLE jack-ups
- Maersk Drilling’s modern fleet counts 23 drilling rigs including deepwater drillships and semi-submersibles as well as high-end jack-up rigs, plus the Maersk Invincible to come
- With a leg length of 206.8 m (678 ft), the XLEs are the world’s largest jack-up rigs and are designed for year round operation in the North Sea, in water depths up to 150 m (492 ft). They are capable of withstanding and operating reliably and safely in waves of up to almost 30 metres
- 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
At the edge of the bustling Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea, the Maersk Invincible’s jack-up legs towered over her own naming ceremony on Friday.
The world’s largest jack-up drilling rig was named with a bottle of champagne, and a giant ball opened to shower guests, including Group Vice CEO Claus V. Hemmingsen, with streamers and confetti. Bente Norheim, wife of Jan Norheim, Managing Director of client BP Norge, honoured Maersk Drilling by naming the rig Maersk Invincible.
“With the naming of our fourth XLE jack-up, we are nearing the end of a newbuilding era for Maersk Drilling,” Claus V. Hemmingsen says.
“Maersk Invincible will be the final XLE rig to enter our fleet. These highly advanced drilling rigs enable us to provide safe and efficient drilling operations to our customers on the Norwegian market and with the addition of Maersk Invincible, we will further strengthen our market leading position in Norway.”
Five-year firm contract
Maersk Invincible is the fourth and final rig in a series of four ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four jack-up rigs represent a total investment of USD 2.6bn. The first three jack-up rigs have been delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard, while the Maersk Invincible will be delivered from DSME later in 2016.