Region: North Sea
Content Types: Report
Date: Apr, 2021

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Archer Limited has signed an offer letter with Moreld laying out principle terms to purchase 100% of the shares in DeepWell AS (DeepWell).

DeepWell is a leading Norwegian well intervention company established in 2004 that is focused on mechanical wireline and cased hole logging services. Headquartered in Avaldsnes, Norway, DeepWell had approximately 200 employees and a revenue of NOK355mn in 2020.

Starting from 1 May 2021, Archer will also take over the Equinor wireline services scope from DeepWell, which was awarded in 2018. The light well intervention services for Equinor were to be completed by the AKOFS Seafarer together with Welltec, and included the provision of all wireline and basic logging services, together with operational support and crews.

Archer's CEO, Dag Skindlo, commented, “An acquisition of DeepWell would secure Archer’s access to a modern fleet of electric wireline units, as well as enable participation in the vessel-based light well intervention market. Strengthening our equipment fleet, broadening our low carbon/low emission solutions and continuing our track record for service quality are all key aspects of our strategy on the NCS. We are impressed by DeepWell’s team and look forward to continuing this process with them.”

The contemplated transaction is subject to due diligence, negotiation of the transaction documentation, closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Archer’s North Sea expansion

The addition of DeepWell is further evidence of Archer’s formidable performance in the North Sea as it continues to expand operations and offerings in the region. The company continues to pursue new technology and digital solutions for well simulations and remote support in order to enhance efficiency and target reducing their carbon footprint.

Additionally, in April 2021, the company secured a long-term frame agreement with ConocoPhillips for the provision of wireline services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. According to their release, this makes Archer the largest mechanical intervention company on the Shelf, with an estimated total contract back-log of NOK3.5bn.