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Aker Solutions wins modifications contract for Mærsk jack-up rig

Aker Solutions has won a contract that is worth nearly NOK1bn ($120m) from Maersk Drilling to modify the production module of the latter’s Mærsk Inspirer jack-up rig which is due to be used for the Yme development offshore Norway.

The work scope of the order bagged by the Norwegian oil services company covers engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning services.

According to Aker Solutions, the production module it will modify was first built in 2007. The Mærsk Inspirer jack-up rig had operated for 10 years for Statoil on the Volve oil field in the Norwegian North Sea.

After the modifications work on the module is completed, Mærsk Inspirer will operate for 5-10 years at the Yme field, for Spanish integrated energy company Repsol.

Aker Solutions plans to start the work relating to the modifications contract immediately with an objective to complete it by the end of 2019.

It will carry out the engineering and procurement work at its office in Stavanger, Norway. On the other hand, construction will be done at its fabrication facility in Egersund.

Aker Solutions executive vice president Knut Sandvik said: “We look forward to working with Maersk Drilling to ensure a successful and cost-efficient modification of the jack-up rig, which will be used in the new development of the Yme field.

“This plays to the strengths of our operations in Norway and our expertise in complex modifications.”

Discovered in 1987, the Yme field was developed by Statoil. After five years of production, the field was abandoned in 2001 owing to low oil prices.

After Statoil gave up its license, a new consortium led by Canada-based Talisman Energy was formed to redevelop the Yme field.

Talisman Energy is now known as Repsol Oil & Gas Canada following its acquisition by Repsol.

Image: The Mærsk Inspirer jack-up rig at work. Photo: courtesy of Aker Solutions.