BP awards deepwater design studies to Maersk Drilling

BP PLC and Maersk Drilling agreed to develop conceptual engineering designs for next-generation offshore drilling rigs as part of BP’s Project 20K, an initiative to develop what BP calls “next-generation systems…to help unlock the next frontier of deepwater oil and gas resources.”

BP and Maersk will collaborate on concepts for deepwater drilling rigs that can operate in high-pressure, high-temperature reservoirs up to 20,000 psi and 350° F.   BP said current equipment has a technical limit of 15,000 psi and 250° F.

A jointly staffed engineering team will be based in Houston, with support from Maersk’s headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The team will do the engineering studies required to select the optimal design of the 20KTM drilling rigs, riser, and blowout prevention equipment.

Project 20K focuses on technologies for well design and completions; drilling rigs, risers, and blowout preventers; subsea production systems; and well-intervention and containment.

The goal is to be able to explore and produce oil and gas currently beyond the reach of current technology. Last year, BP let contracts to KBR and FMC Technologies under Project 20K (OGJ Newsletter, Nov. 19, 2012).


Related Articles

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count drops to 1,803

03/21/2014 After consecutive weeks of significant gains, the US drilling rig count lost 6 units to 1,803 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 21, Baker Hug...

Cenovus gets AER approval for Grand Rapids oil sands project

03/21/2014 Cenovus Energy Inc. reported that it has received approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for its wholly owned Grand Rapids thermal oil sa...

Shell lets contracts for Majnoon development

03/18/2014 Shell Iraq Petroleum Development BV has let engineering and procurement services contracts to Foster Wheeler Kentz Energy Services DMCC, Dubai, for...

Ivanhoe halts Tamarack oil sands project citing lack of regulatory ‘clarity’

03/18/2014 Ivanhoe Energy Inc. has suspended activity on its Tamarack oil sands project pending approval for its thermal oil sands application from the govern...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected