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    Maersk Drilling Wins Dutch Well Work


Dana Petroleum has awarded Maersk a two-well contract off the Netherlands, but has deferred a previous order for one Danish well.

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Maersk Drilling Wins Dutch Well Work

Denmark's Maersk Drilling has been hired by South Korea's Dana Petroleum to drill two development wells at the Project Unity gas scheme in the Dutch North Sea, it said on October 1.

Maersk is yet to select a harsh-environment jack-up rig for the work, which will start Q2 2021 and run for 121 days. Its contract is worth $12.1mn. 

Dana sanctioned Project Unity late last year and first gas is scheduled for 2021. The project will develop the Van Ghent East and Witte de With deposits at block P11b, with two production wells tied to a small platform. Dana's partner in the scheme is state-owned Energie Beheer Nederland.

The rig Maersk Drilling deploys will be equipped with a selective catalytic reduction system, which uses ammonia injection to convert NOinto water and nitrogen, reducing NOx emissions by 98%. The Netherlands has very strict rules on NOemissions.

Maersk previously won a contract from Dana to drill one well off Denmark, which had been due to start in May 2020. That contract has been deferred at Dana's request, and Maersk expects to receive compensation.