Maersk Intrepid - the world’s largest jack-up rig

By Vessels

The world’s largest jack-up rig, Maersk Intrepid, has been given officially a name at a ceremony at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore. The ultra harsh environment jack-up rig has been christened by the wife of Martin Tiffen (Managing Director of Total E&P Norge AS), Karen Tiffen. Maersk Intrepid is the first of its kind in the series of 4 ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs that will be added to the Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet

The total investment of the 4 jack-up rigs is estimated to be US$2.6bn. The first 3 jack-up rigs are expected to be delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard in 2014-2015. The last jack-up rig will be delivered from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea 2 years from now. Maersk Intrepid will enter service right after being delivered, the jack-up rig will be sent to the North Sea and will start a four-year firm contract with Total E&P Norge AS for drilling on the Martin Linge field development in the Norwegian North Sea. The four year deal is estimated to US$550 million.

Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group said:

"With the naming of the Maersk Intrepid, we are opening a new chapter in Maersk Drilling’s Norwegian history. We have invested in the Maersk Intrepid and its three sister rigs in order to continue to grow and leverage our market leading position in Norway. The Maersk Intrepid is the first of the four rigs being delivered and I am very pleased that it is going to Norway to work for one of our key customers, Total E&P Norge AS."

Facts about the jack-up rig Maersk Intrepid (and the other three jack-up rigs):

  • World’s largest jack-up rigs
  • Leg length = 206.8 m (678 ft)
  • Designed to work in the North Sea at water depths up to 150 m (492 ft)
  • Dual pipe handling (more uptime and drilling efficiency)
  • Multi Machine Control - a fully remote operated pipe handling system giving the possibility all operations such as stand building and tripping to be conducted without personnel