Dyce-based Dolphin Drilling wins new £155 million offshore contract


Mark McDonald, MSP
Mark McDonald, MSP

Holyrood MP Mark McDonald has put down a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating Dolphin Drilling – which is based near Dyce in his Aberdeen constituency – on winning a new £155 million contract with Chevron North Sea Ltd.

Dolphin Drilling – now part of the Fred Olsen Norwegian global conglomerate – will be working with Chevron in the UK sector of the North Sea with the semi-submersible Blackford Dolphine.

McDonald’s motion – supported by fellow SNP MPs Nigel Don, Annabelle Ewing, Kenny Gibson, Dennis Robertson and Joan McAlpine – ‘notes that Dolphin Drilling provides exploration and production services to the offshore oil and gas industry which has been built on 150 years of experience in shipping and more than 35 years in offshore drilling and ‘onsiders that this reinforces the positive long-term outlook for the oil and gas sector in Scotland, and believes that this will provide an economic boost for the city of Aberdeen.’

The Dolphin Drilling companies form the drilling contracting business activities of Fred. Olsen’s Energy division. The company’s offshore activities are controlled from our offices in Aberdeen, Scotland; Stavanger, Norway; Pemba, Mozambique; Rio de Janerio and Macae in Brazil.

Dolphin Drilling is one of the longest established independent drilling contracting companies in the offshore arena tracing its roots back to the earliest offshore exploration activity in the North Sea in the mid 1960s. The Fred Olsen family’s interest pre-dates this with a history in shipping activity stretching over 150 years.

A major turning point for Dolphin Drilling occurred in 1997 with the listing of Fred Olsen Energy ASA on the Oslo stock exchange, bringing together the offshore activities into a single entity. Since that time Dolphin Drilling has expanded and increasingly placed its focus on the international arena and a move into deep water activity

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