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Are North Sea operators walking the talk on supply chain collaboration?
Are North Sea operators walking the talk on supply chain collaboration?

by Morten Kelstrup, CCIO of Maersk Drilling

Last week, I was in London at the Oil & Gas Council World Energy Capital Assembly (WECA), speaking on a panel about collaboration and capital efficiency in a new oil world.

With Africa back on the map, smarter drilling is even more necessary
With Africa back on the map, smarter drilling is even more necessary

by Angela Durkin, COO of Maersk Drilling

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Africa Oil Week, possibly the most important conference in our industry on the African continent. It was my first visit to this influential and inspiring event in Cape Town, and I was fortunate to get to moderate a panel on the subjects of “Surviving the Downturn” and “Future Outlooks for West Africa”.

Managing Innovation in a Cyclical Industry
Managing Innovation in a Cyclical Industry

Discussions at the ONS 2018 conference in Stavanger pointed to growing momentum for innovation and collaboration in offshore drilling. Read CEO Jørn Madsen’s perspective from a panel discussion he attended on managing innovation in a cyclical industry.

The Time to Act is Now
The Time to Act is Now

IADC World Drilling Conference 2018

Recently at the IADC World Drilling Conference, I gave this speech about the opportunities to be found in pairing innovative technologies with new business models to create value.

- Morten Kelstrup, CCIO Maersk Drilling

Making Offshore Competitive (Again)
Making Offshore Competitive (Again)

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2018

Making offshore competitive (again)
Angela Durkin, Senior VP & Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Drilling A/S

Panel session: How to make offshore oil and gas feasible in a USD 45-50 per barrel environment
9.30-12.00 CDT, Houston, Texas

Maersk Drilling appoints new CCIO
Maersk Drilling appoints new CCIO

Morten Kelstrup will join Maersk Drilling as Chief Commercial & Innovation Officer to lead the newly-established Commercial and Innovation function. Morten will join from a position as Managing Director of Maersk Oil UK.

Maersk Resolute performs after reactivation
Maersk Resolute performs after reactivation

After its reactivation from warm stacking, Maersk Resolute has shown stellar performance during its contract for Petrogas.

Equally Impressive: Maersk Discoverer drills in shallow waters
Equally Impressive: Maersk Discoverer drills in shallow waters

Did you know that on a deep water rig it is just as challenging to drill in shallow water as in very deep water?

Changes to the Senior Management in Maersk Drilling
Changes to the Senior Management in Maersk Drilling

CFO Marianne Sørensen will be joining Rambøll as their new Group CFO as of 1 January 2018.

A Perfect HSE Period: Maersk Resilient granted safety award
A Perfect HSE Period: Maersk Resilient granted safety award

The crew on the Maersk Resilient has received recognition for a perfect safety year.

Maersk Convincer takes over contract from Maersk Completer
Maersk Convincer takes over contract from Maersk Completer

Jack-up Maersk Convincer, currently finalising its five-yearly Special Period Survey (SPS) yard stay in Singapore, will be taking over a contract from its sister rig, the Maersk Completer, currently operating offshore Brunei.

A good year in Shah Deniz
A good year in Shah Deniz

Following stellar operational and safety performance in 2016, Maersk Explorer has won BP’s global ‘Creating Efficiencies’ award for the first quarter of 2017.

Update from the frontline: Drilling the undrillable
Update from the frontline: Drilling the undrillable

It was just another day on board the harsh environment jack-up rig, Mærsk Innovator, when Rig Manager Henrik Hundebol received a call from customer ConocoPhillips.

Changes in the Senior Management Team in Maersk Drilling
Changes in the Senior Management Team in Maersk Drilling

Lars Ostergaard, currently acting as Asset Manager in Maersk Drilling, has been appointed new Chief Commercial Officer, and per mutual agreement, Ana Zambelli will leave Maersk Drilling in order to pursue new opportunities. Furthermore, Brian Nygaard, currently the Head of Procurement in Maersk Drilling, has been appointed new Head of Strategy and Partnering.

Maersk Drilling takes delivery of newbuild Maersk Invincible
Maersk Drilling takes delivery of newbuild Maersk Invincible

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its fourth XLE jack-up rig, the Maersk Invincible, from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea. Maersk Invincible will now mobilise to the North Sea and will in the second quarter of 2017 commence a five year firm contract with Aker BP for plug and abandonment work on the Valhall field.

New Head of HR in Maersk Drilling
New Head of HR in Maersk Drilling

Lene Reitzel will return to Maersk Drilling after two years in Maersk Tankers to assume her new role as Head of HR 1 November 2015 taking over from Jesper B. Madsen.

Maersk Resolve finishes work early, contract terminated
Maersk Resolve finishes work early, contract terminated

The Maersk Resolve has finalised the planned work scope for DONG Energy at the Hejre field in the Danish sector of the North Sea, and Maersk Drilling has therefore received a letter of early termination. The original contract was scheduled to end in January 2017. The compensation under the early termination agreement leaves Maersk Drilling financially neutral to the original contract.

Maersk Valiant contract cancelled
Maersk Valiant contract cancelled

An early termination agreement for the deepwater unit Maersk Valiant has been signed by Maersk Drilling and ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil with effect from mid-September 2016. Maersk Valiant has been on a joint contract with Marathon Oil Corporation and ConocoPhillips since June 2014. The original contract was scheduled to end September 2017. The compensation under the early termination agreement leaves Maersk Drilling financially neutral to the original contract.

Partnering across industries to enhance safety
Partnering across industries to enhance safety

Maersk Drilling is actively seeking new ways to collaborate across industries in safety approaches and technologies, including a recent study across the EU, looking at high-risk industries and the companies that have a Zero Accident Vision.

Mærsk Gallant donates TVs to children's hospital
Mærsk Gallant donates TVs to children's hospital

When MITAS Graduate Joanna Krawczyk took on the job to replace the entire TV-solution aboard the Mærsk Gallant, she came up with the idea of donating more than 70 TVs that was about to get replaced to a children’s hospital in Cracow, Poland.

Maersk Drilling acquires newbuild harsh environment jack-up rig with a five-year drilling contract
Maersk Drilling acquires newbuild harsh environment jack-up rig with a five-year drilling contract

Maersk Drilling has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the newbuild harsh environment jack-up rig, formerly named Hercules Highlander, from a subsidiary of Hercules Offshore (Nasdaq: HERO) and with immediate delivery from Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd (Jurong) in Singapore.

Using group work in the engineering talent hunt
Using group work in the engineering talent hunt

15 top students from nine different nations spent a whole day in Lyngby competing for the five positions in the Maersk Drilling MITAS graduate programme – this time group work played an important part in the selection process.

Mærsk Deliverer contract cancelled
Mærsk Deliverer contract cancelled

Maersk Drilling has received a notice of early contract termination from Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC), Chevron Corporation’s affiliate in Angola, for the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible Mærsk Deliverer. The contract was due to end in December 2016, and as per the contract, Maersk Drilling is entitled to receive compensation for the remaining part of the contract. The contract cancellation will be financially neutral to Maersk Drilling.

Working with peers to improve reliability of Well controll equipment
Working with peers to improve reliability of Well controll equipment

Seven of the top offshore drilling contractors have joined forces to achieve a common goal; more reliable well control equipment.

Mærsk Deliverer back on the job
Mærsk Deliverer back on the job

Mærsk Deliverer has successfully completed her five-yearly special periodic survey (SPS) yard stay ahead of time.

Maersk Guardian finishes contract in style
Maersk Guardian finishes contract in style

Maersk Guardian finishes contract with Premier Oil as a top performer

Maersk Venturer earns straight 7's from Otto Energy
Maersk Venturer earns straight 7's from Otto Energy

After drilling the Hawkeye-1 well for Otto Energy, Maersk Venturer has received a performance score of straight 7’s (the highest possible score) from both offshore and onshore representatives.

Maersk Discoverer finished well 62 days ahead of time
Maersk Discoverer finished well 62 days ahead of time

In the beginning of May, the crew on Maersk Discoverer reached a great milestone when they finalised their latest well two months ahead of time. The well was another East Nile Delta success for BP, discovering 50 m of gas pay in high-quality Oligocene sandstones.

New Chief Operating Officer in Maersk Drilling
New Chief Operating Officer in Maersk Drilling

Angela Durkin from Baker Hughes will join Maersk Drilling as new Chief Operating Officer (COO). She will assume her new role 1 May 2015 taking over from Jørn Madsen and report directly to CEO Claus V. Hemmingsen.

Third XLE jack-up rig added to Maersk Drilling’s fleet
Third XLE jack-up rig added to Maersk Drilling’s fleet

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its third ultra harsh environment jack-up, XLE-3, from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore ahead of schedule. The rig will start her mobilisation to the Norwegian North Sea in late February, where she after arrival, will commence a contract of four years firm with 2x1 year options with Statoil for development drilling on the Gina Krog field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Maersk Venturer crew identifies 68 action points for optimising well plans
Maersk Venturer crew identifies 68 action points for optimising well plans

Last year, the crew of Maersk Venturer gathered for a ‘drill the well on paper and dual capability’ workshop. The workshop led to 68 ways of improving the well plans.