During the start-up phase the rig was modified to be able to operate in MPD mode, with this conversion being both installed and tested within budget and time.
At Eldfisk 2/7 S platform, the operator ConocoPhillips identified an immediate need for Mærsk Innovator to install MPD to stabilise the downhole formation equipment.
Managed pressure drilling (MPD) has been lacking in the US Gulf of Mexico for a long period, Maersk Valiant presented an opportunity to bring a state-of-the-art drillship into the Gulf with an MPD system.
Maersk Valiant has recently completed a drilling program offshore Mexico. During operations, the rig successfully employed the deepwater Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) system to address downhole challenges on one of the exploration wells.