Posted On: 19-05-2020
Spanish oil company Repsol has received consent from the Norwegian offshore safety body,the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), to use the Maersk Inspirer jack-up rig on the Yme field offshore Norway. The PSA said on Monday that the consent covers connection,completion and start-up preparations in conjunction with previously installed fixed facilities on the Yme field. The rig that will be working on the field, the Maersk Inspirer, was built in 2004 and is a harsh environment HPHT jack-up of the MSC CJ70-150MC type. It has a compact set-up with drilling and production operations carried out simultaneously in one mobile offshore facility. The rig worked with a dual setup since 2007 when its production module was built. For the following ten years, it worked on Equinor’s Volve field. The rig is currently undergoing extensive upgrades and a modification project of its production module at Aker Solution’s Egersund fabrication yard where it arrived in early September 2018. According to the most recent fleet status report, Maersk claims that the rig will start work for Repsol on the Yme field in August 2020 and be under contract until August 2025.The Spanish oil company also has five years of extension options. In its operating update,Maersk Drilling said that the Mærsk Inspirer modifications were scheduled to be completedlate in the second quarter 2020, after which it would move offshore for hook-up and commissioning.