Maersk Drilling

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Maersk Drilling
Industry Oilfield services
Founded 1972 (1972)
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Number of locations
Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Norway, UK, Angola, Cameroun, Brazil, Venezuela, USA
Key people
Claus V. Hemmingsen (CEO)
Services Offshore drilling services
USD 359m (2012)
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.[1] Maersk Drilling is one of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group's core businesses.[2] As of 2012 it has about 3% of the offshore drilling market.[1] CEO of the company is Claus V Hemmingsen.[3]

Maersk Drilling owns 26 rigs including six ultra-harsh environment jack-ups, six further jack-ups, four semi-submersibles and 10 drilling barge rigs. In the North Sea, Maersk Drilling operate the world's largest and most advanced harsh environment jack-up rigs, the sister rigs Maersk Innovator and Maersk Inspirer at water depths up to 150 metres (490 ft).[4] In addition, the company has ordered four deepwater drillships from Samsung Heavy Industries and two ultra-harsh environment jack-ups from Keppel FELS.[1] The company has announced that it is investing in developing the technology that allows to drill year-round in Arctic.[3]

History & Facts[edit]

Maersk Drilling is part of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group - a worldwide organisation with 110,000 employees and offices in 125 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 world's most advanced harsh environment jack-up rigs, jack-ups rigs, deepwater semi-submersibles, drilling barges and workover barges.[5]

Egyptian Drilling Company (EDC) is a joint venture between Maersk Drilling and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation. It owns and operates a fleet of more than 55 land rigs and five jack-up rigs in the Middle East.

  • Maersk Drilling is the 9th largest drilling contractor worldwide.
  • Maersk Drilling is market leader in the challenging Norwegian jack-up market with a market share of 67% (2012), 6 out of 9 rigs.[5]

Fleet information[edit]

Maersk Drilling's fleet includes:


In the second quarter of 2012 Maersk Drilling ordered a new jack-up (XLE) for US$650 million. This order adds to an order book of six drilling rigs including two ultra harsh jack-ups and four ultra deepwater drillships, and brings the total committed investment in Maersk Drilling since 2011 up to $4.5 billion. The newbuild rigs will be delivered in 2013–2015.[7]

With the XLE rigs currently in construction, Maersk Drilling plans to deliver the most advanced jack-up drilling rigs in existence. All of them will be customized to handle demanding and complex well drilling operations in the North Sea.[8]

XL enhanced jack-ups[edit]

The XLE Rigs currently in construction will be customized to handle demanding and complex well drilling operations in the North Sea. They are based on the design of Maersk Innovator and Maersk Inspirer, currently the world's largest and most advanced jack-up drilling rigs.[9]

Deepwater advanced drillships[edit]

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Machinery on board
Tough drillships

The 228-metre long drillships will be able to operate at water depths up to 3,650 metres (11,980 ft) and will be capable of drilling wells of more than 12,000 metres (39,000 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 (36 ft) high and wind speeds up to 26 metres per second (85 ft/s).[10] The ships cost 3.5 billion DKK each, and ExxonMobil pays Mærsk $600,000 per day in rent.


  1. ^ a b c Chua Baizhen (18 March 2012). "Maersk Drilling to Spend Much as $6 Billion on Oil Rigs". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Fraende, Mette (9 October 2012). "Maersk shifts focus to oil and drilling from containers". Reuters. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Arctic a sea of opportunity for Maersk Drilling". The Copenhagen Post. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Mazerov, Katie (4 May 2011). "Tide is turning on offshore drilling: Drilling contractors prepare for anticipated rise in activity, dayrates with newbuild orders". Drilling Contractor. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Maersk Drilling 40 Years!". Maersk Drilling. Retrieved 20 December 2012.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "about3" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ "Drilling rigs". Maersk Drilling. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Strong Demand for Maersk Drilling Rigs". Offshore Energy Today. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Perspectives: Gregers Kudsk, Maersk Drilling – Industry’s joint efforts lead to advances in technology". Drilling Contractor. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "XL Enhanced Jack-ups". Maersk Drilling. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Deepwater Advanced Drillships". Maersk Drilling. Retrieved 20 December 2012.