Extinction Rebellion Scotland said three of its activists boarded the Valaris 122 rig at Princess Alexandra Wharf at the Port of Dundee earlier on Monday.
“They intend to stay there for several days,” the group said.
The rig is expected to start a contract with Shell later this month to carry out work at the Shearwater field in the central North Sea.
Extinction Rebellion added: “[The activists] are planning an extended occupation and Extinction Rebellion Scotland have a series of solidarity actions lined up over the next 10 days, some that we are going to try and spread as far and wide as possible.”
The group also said in a Tweet it was time to “confront the North Sea oil and gas industry head on”.
A spokesperson for Forth Ports, owner of the Port of Dundee, said it was made aware earlier on Monday that a number of apparent protestors had made their way via the River Tay to the jack-up rig Valaris 122.
“We have deployed one of our pilot boats at the scene and this will remain in attendance as a safety precaution should anyone require assistance. We are also liaising with the rig’s owners and with the relevant authorities,” the spokesperson said.
Valaris has been contacted for comment.
Trade body Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) condemned the action as a “dangerous and short-sighted stunt” that does “absolutely nothing to help deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2045 in Scotland”.
“This stunt puts both the activists and offshore workforce at risk and our industry — with its focus on safe operations — will not condone these actions.
“If Extinction Rebellion is serious about net zero then it needs to become serious about what will be required and recognise the critical contribution our industry could make if it realises its full potential to support the transition to a lower carbon and more diverse energy mix.”
Source: upstreamonline website