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Maersk Convincer to commence new contract

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The Maersk Convincer jack-up is currently finalising its five-yearly special period survey (SPS) yard stay in Singapore. It will then be taking over a contract from its sister rig, the Maersk Completer, currently operating offshore Brunei.

The Maersk Completer has been on contract with Brunei Shell Petroleum since November 2008. Before long, the rig is scheduled to have its five-yearly SPS yard stay, which means that operations for Brunei Shell Petroleum would have to be suspended while Maersk Completer conducts the yard stay, resulting in a delay in the drilling programme of about 45 - 60 days.

To limit impact to the customer’s drilling programme and reduce cost for both parties, Maersk Drilling is re-activating the warm-stacked Maersk Convincer, an identical Baker Marine 375 ft jack-up. Maersk Convincer will be ready to leave for the field and take on the remainder of the work scope in August 2017.

“Our number one priority is to deliver the safest and most efficient drilling operations to our customers. This also means limiting any interruptions to their programmes, resulting in costly delays. Therefore, following a close dialogue with Brunei Shell Petroleum, we have agreed to put Maersk Convincer in operation for the remainder of the contract,” says Peter Dansen, Vice President and Asset Manager for international jack-ups in Maersk Drilling.

The current contract is scheduled to end in October 2018. However, Brunei Shell Petroleum have options to extend the contract up to a total of three years. Maersk Convincer will take over operations once Maersk Completer has finalised current batch drilling operations.

All of the crew members that are currently working on the Maersk Completer will be transferred to the Maersk Convincer as part of the rig exchange. This will help ensure a smooth transition and start-up for Maersk Convincer.

“Maersk Completer and its crew have done a fantastic job when it comes to delivering a safe and efficient operation. We need to keep that momentum going, and we will ensure to do so by keeping the same great crew on board. Everyone on board knows the drilling programme and our customer very well, which is key in carrying out a complex project like this one,” says Dansen.

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