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Maersk Drilling establishes strong partnerships for its global operations


By Ndubuisi Micheal Obineme

Maersk Drilling, a drilling rig operator based in Copenhagen, is working closely with industry players to further strengthen its drilling campaigns. This partnership falls in line with the company’s objective to provide high efficient drilling services to its customers globally.

Maersk Drilling’s Chief Operating Officer, Morten Kelstrup, talks to Oil and Gas Republic Correspondent on how strategic partnerships with other service companies have been helping Maersk Drilling to performing many tasks involved in a drilling operation.

According to him, Maersk Drilling have entered into a major alliance with Aker BP and Halliburton to establishing a shared vocabulary on safety and openly discussing which of the partners is best equipped to handle each of the many tasks involved in a drilling operation.

“A few months ago, our Maersk Invincible rig on the Valhall field in Norway performed a 12-conductor run 36% faster than estimated and with a 23% cost saving versus the budget. This definitely showcases the potential value of working closely together like we do in the Aker BP alliance.”

Speaking about its West African operations, he said: “We have other kinds of strategic partnerships, such as you’ll find in connection with our West African operations where we have been very happy to team up with local partners on services including training and manning, and where we have also provided various kinds of integrated services to our customers.”

“We have also partnered up with the exploration company Seapulse. In this alliance, we will be responsible for delivering the full package of drilling services allowing Seapulse to focus on what they do best, namely finding oil.

“We will deliver these services in close cooperation with a few key partners allowing us to jointly optimize and eliminate waste in the drilling process. We see a significant upside in this area,” Morten added.

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