Under the contract, Norshore’s Norshore Atlantic vessel will start the work in the middle of August 2014 aimed to reduce costs of field developments for the operator.

Norshore CEO Petter Tomren said Norshore Atlantic has been built to accommodate safe and efficient riser-less drilling operations and the company is looking forward to demonstrate the vessel’s capability for Shell at the Malikai field.

"We have for years seen the potential within the riser-less drilling market and we are very pleased to have secured this first top hole drilling contract for Shell," Tomren added.

The Norshore Atlantic is a multipurpose drilling vessel designed to offer innovative and cost efficient riser-less drilling services while providing substantial cost savings for the oil companies both for field developments (top-hole drilling), as well as in the worldwide increasing marked for plug and abandonment of old wells, as well as all aspects of well intervention.

Recently, "Norshore Atlantic had begun work on a light well intervention contract with TAC Pertamina Blue Sky Langsa in Indonesia.

""Norshore Atlantic" has been delivered and performs well on its first contract, and we look very much ahead to commence preparations for the Shell contract," Tomren continued.