Dolphin secures further Knarr work for Borgland Dolphin rig

Offshore drilling contractor Dolphin Drilling has secured further work for its Borgland Dolphin semi-submersible drilling rig to start in early 2020.

Borgland Dolphin under mobilization to the current drilling operations for i3 Energy in August 2019. Source: Dolphin Drilling CEO Bjørnar Iversen

Back in June 2019 Dolphin announced that Shell would charter the Borgland Dolphin drilling rig, starting between February and May 2020, for work on the Knarr field in Norway.

In a statement on Thursday, the rig owner said it had won further work with Shell. This contract with Shell in Norway is to provide rig support for the drilling and completion of a gas producer well on the Knarr field. The work will start in February following the completion of two other projects for the rig, Dolphin said.

Dolphin Drilling recently announced the Borgland Dolphin had secured contracts with i3 Energy for drilling operations on firstly the Liberator oilfield and then the Serenity prospect in the UK’s Central North Sea.

For the Shell contract, Dolphin Drilling will be working under the operator’s One Team system with integrated drilling and completions providers in a water depth of approximately 450 meters on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

Dolphin Drilling Chief Executive Officer, Bjørnar Iversen, said: “We appreciate the trust Shell has placed in us by commissioning the Borgland Dolphin for this project.”

He added: “The Borgland Dolphin is a highly efficient rig with an excellent performance record. Its layout is ideally suited for optimized drilling and completion work and we look forward to securing more activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the UK Continental Shelf and further afield internationally.”

The fifth generation drilling and ram rig was completely rebuilt in 1999, part of the deep water, harsh environment drilling specialist’s fleet of assets, most of which have been recently refurbished to incorporate the latest technology.

Dolphin Drilling recently announced its new international headquarters at Howe Moss Drive, Aberdeen, and operational bases in the Granite City and Stavanger following an investment from a United States-based private equity firm.


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