The Mærsk Inspirer Mobile Offshore Drilling and Production Unit left the Aker Solution’s yard in Egersund on the 29th of December 2020 following modifications work at the yard and was successfully installed at the Yme field in the Southern North Sea on the 31st of December 2020.
“This is a key milestone for all involved parties, and it is good to see the rig in location at the field,” says Manager for the Yme New Development Project, Adolfo Azcarraga and continues: “It has been imperative that we delivered the Mærsk Inspirer scope of work in a safe and reliable manner to take the rig offshore. Maersk Drilling and their subcontractor Aker Solutions have demonstrated a good safety performance throughout the onshore part of the project.”
“Two out of the four main project deliveries have been executed in Egersund. The first was the fabrication of a new wellhead module which was shipped offshore from Egersund in September 2019.The second was the delivery of the Mærsk Inspirer Mobile Offshore Drilling and Production Unit which has been modified and prepared for drilling and production on the Yme field,” says Cecilie Hettervik Project Leader of the Mærsk Inspirer modifications project.
With the installation of the Maersk Inspirer in the Yme field, the project will now enter the offshore hook-up and commissioning phase. Planned first oil from the Yme field is 2H 2021.
The Yme New Development Project consists of the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a new wellhead module on top of existing facilities at the Yme field, the modifications and upgrading of the Maersk Inspirer Mobile Offshore Drilling and Production Unit prior to installation in the field and subsequent hook-up to existing wells in and installations on the seabed offshore. Mærsk Inspirer has been upgraded and modified at the yard in Egersund since early autumn 2018. Maersk Inspirer has previously been used for drilling and production at the Volve field.
Repsol Norge is the operator of the Yme field and the Yme New Development Project with a 55% working interest. Partners in the Yme licence are Lotos Exploration and Production Norge AS (20% working interest), KUFPEC Norway ASA (10% working interest) and OKEA ASA (15% working interest).