Maersk Drilling

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Maersk Drilling
Industry Oilfield services
Founded 1972 (1972)
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Number of locations
Angola, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Denmark, Egypt, Ghana, Malaysia, Singapore, Norway, UK, USA.
Key people
Jørn Madsen (CEO)
Services Offshore drilling services
USD 751m (2015)
Number of employees
Parent A.P. Moller – Maersk Group

Maersk Drilling is a drilling rig operator based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a subsidiary of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, established in 1972. Maersk Drilling is one of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group's core businesses.[1]

Maersk Drilling owns 24 rigs. The fleet includes five Ultra-Harsh jack-ups, four XL Enhanced jack-ups (including one newbuild which is set for delivery in late 2016), seven Harsh environment jack-ups, four semi-submersibles and four Ultra deepwater drillships.[2] Maersk Drilling is among others a market leader in challenging Norwegian jack-up market with a market share of 7 out of 12 rigs (2016).

History & Facts[edit]

Maersk Drilling is part of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group - a worldwide conglomerate with 89,000 employees and offices in 135 countries, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. The company is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. On 21 June 1972 Mærsk Storm Drilling Company and Atlantic Pacific Marine Corporation were established with the purpose of purchasing two semi-subs and two barge rigs. These were the very early days of Maersk Drilling. Today, Maersk Drilling’s fleet includes some of the industries youngest and most advanced harsh environment jack-up rigs, jack-ups rigs, Deepwater semi-submersibles and Ultra deepwater drillships.[3]

Egyptian Drilling Company (EDC) is a 50/50 joint venture between Maersk Drilling and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation. EDC owns and operates a fleet of more than 60 land rigs and five jack-up rigs in the Middle East.

  • Maersk Drilling is the 11th largest drilling contractor worldwide.
  • Maersk Drilling is a market leader in the challenging Norwegian jack-up market with a market share of 7 out of 12 rigs (2016).

Fleet information[edit]

Maersk Drilling's fleet includes:


Maersk Drilling has invested more than USD 8.0 bn total in eight highly advanced newbuilds delivered between 2014-2016. The newbuilds includes 4 Ultra deepwater drillships and 4 XL Enhanced jack-ups.[4]

XL Enhanced jack-ups[edit]

Having already taking delivery of three state-of-the-art XLE Jack-Ups, Maersk Intrepid, Maersk Interceptor and Maersk Integrator, a fourth and final XL Enhanced jack-up will soon be delivered by late 2016, hereby cementing Maersk Drilling's position as an industry leader in the North Sea, with the most advanced Jack-Up drilling rigs in existence. All of the newbuilds have been customized to handle demanding and complex well drilling operations in the North Sea.[5]

Deepwater advanced drillships[edit]

Maersk Drilling is a considerable player in the ultra deepwater market with four newbuilding drillships. The drillships are purpose-built for safe operations under extreme conditions.

The design and capacities of the new drillships include additional features for high efficiency operation. Featuring dual derrick and large subsea work and storage areas, the design allows for efficient well construction and field development activities through parallel and offline activities.

The 228-metre long drillships will be able to operate at water depths up to 3,650 m (12,000 ft) and will be capable of drilling wells of more than 12,000 m (40,000 ft) deep. With their advanced positioning control systems, the ships automatically maintain a fixed position in severe weather conditions with waves up to 11 metres high and wind speeds up to 26 metres per second.[6]