Statoil has confirmed its cancellation of a rig contract with Stena Drilling.
Reports had emerged the Norwegian operator had decided to axe the deal with the firm due to less work available.
In a statement the company said the rig has been on contract to Statoil since February this year.
It has been performing operations for the Troll and Fram licences.
The origninal contract termination date had been for February 7th next year.
A spokesman said cancellation will take effect after the plugging activity has been completed early next month.
After this, the rig should have been committed to the Fram licence.
However, that licence does not have any work programme for the rig nor does Statoil have any other activities where the available capacity can be used.