SWIFT DRILLING BV secures long term P&A contract from Wintershall Noordzee B.V.

Press release

March 16th , 2021

SWIFT DRILLING has been awarded a long term contract by Wintershall Noordzee, which will employ the jack-up rig SWIFT 10 to perform a Plug and Abandonment campaign in Dutch and German North Sea. The contract is expected to commence this summer with a potential duration of 3 to 4 years.

The Swift 10 is a fully Dutch owned and operated rig, which together with Wintershall Noordzee, will focus on the safe, efficient, and economic plug and abandonment of offshore wells on the Continental Shelf of the Netherlands and Germany. The coming period the rig will be revitalized and will be restarted after its original 5 year LTI free campaign for Shell/Nam.

The Wintershall Noordzee and Swift team will use the highly automated Swift 10 with a small integrated team and focus on continuous improvement to effectively plug and abandon wells. Both parties see the cooperation as a start of a new era, whereby old wells are plugged and abandoned according to the latest standards and protecting the environment of the North Sea.

“We’re extremely happy to revive the Swift 10 for Wintershall Noordzee. Together we share the ambition to create a long-term cooperation to P&A wells safe, efficient and economical as one team. The cooperation with Wintershall Noordzee aiming at the realization of our shared ambition so far has been enjoyable and the right basis for successful P&A campaign” says Erwin Lammertink, CEO of Van Es Holding, where Swift Drilling is part of.

The Swift 10 is a 300ft Gusto MSC SEA-2750 fully automated drilling rig, delivered in 2011 currently located in Rotterdam where it is getting ready for her P&A campaign.

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