Maersk Interceptor to Ivar Aasen

This article originates from the news archive of Det norske.

29. October 2014

Maersk Interceptor is the name of the rig to be used on the Ivar Aasen field, a field operated by Det norske oljeselskap ASA. Anita Utseth, Offshore Installation Manager at Ivar Aasen, had the honor of naming the rig in Stavanger today.

Anita was pleased to be part of such an important milestone for the Ivar Aasen project, and for Det norske as a company.

“A naming is all about luck on the road. With the rig in place, we see the first major piece in place physically. Now we are soon out in the field, it’s exciting. The rig is crucial if we are to achieve the goal of first production in the fourth quarter of 2016”

Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling with OIM at Ivar Aasen, Anita Utseth

Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling with OIM at Ivar Aasen, Anita Utseth


Maersk Interceptor* is the second in a series of four ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs. Maersk Interceptor will commence a five years firm contract with Det norske for drilling the Ivar Aasen field in the North Sea. The contract includes two one-year options. The estimated contract value for the firm contract is USD 700 million. Maersk Interceptor has been delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore.

With the naming of the Maersk Interceptor, we are taking the next step in Maersk Drilling’s Norwegian history. We look forward to work closely together with Det norske and continue to grow and leverage our market leading position in Norway,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling.

* Interceptor is a person or thing that stops or catches (someone or something) going from one place to another.

Large and effective

With a leg length of 206 meters the rig is the world’s largest jack-up rig and is designed for year round operation in the North Sea, in water depths up to 150 meter. Uptime and drilling efficiency are maximised through dual pipe handling. While one string is working in the well bore, a second string of casing, drill pipe or bottom hole, and we can reduce the non-productive time.

The drill floor features Multi Machine Control – a fully remote operated pipe handling system allowing all standard operations such as stand building and tripping to be conducted without personnel on the drill floor thus ensuring a high level of consistency across crews and an improved efficiency.

Drilling Superintendent Mads Rødsjø has the objective clear:

With this rig, we have a better tool technology than ever before. My goal is clear; Together with the people from Maersk will we be able to perform the best drilling operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, I am really looking forward to getting started.”

Facts: Det norske and Maersk CJ-70 XLE 2 «Maersk Interceptor» for Ivar Aasen

InterceptorLetter of award for three-year contract signed December 2011.

Five-year contract with two-year option signed January 2013.

Can be utilised for exploration drilling before, during and after drilling on Ivar Aasen.

Can be sublet to other licences.

Constructed at Keppel FELS in Singapore.

Custom-build for Norwegian conditions.

Design to withstand “the 10 000 year storm”.

Water depth capacity up to 150 meter (112 + 38 meter airgap on Ivar Aasen).

Leg length 206 meter.

Hull dimension 105 x 88 meter.
31 000 tons net weight.
Up to 12 000 tons variable load.
Living quarters with 150 single-bed cabins.
Cranes 3 x 100 tonnes.
10.6 MW power supply, divided between two independent and separate power stations.
Second in a series of four: XLE 1 to Martin Linge for Total, XLE 3 to Gina Krog for Statoil.
First steel cut May 2012.
”Keel-laying” in dock January 2013.
Haul-out from dock July 2013
Jacked up at quay with derrick installed September 2013.
Sail off from Singapore August 2014.
Arrival in Norway October 2014.
Ready for operation December 2014.

Read more about the development of Ivar Aasen here.