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Odfjell Drilling takes delivery of Deepsea Aberdeen semi-submersible rig

6/11/2014 by Sharon Shahzad


Odfjell Drilling has taken delivery of its latest ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig, which is set for a seven-year contract with BP in the West of Shetland region.

The Norwegian contractor took delivery of the Deepsea Aberdeen from South Korea-based Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).

Deepsea Aberdeen adds to Odfjell Drilling's fleet of harsh environment and ultra-deepwater drilling units.

The semi-submersible rig is an enhanced GVA7500 harsh environment design and will be a sister rig to the Deepsea Atlantic and Deepsea Stavanger, which were earlier delivered by DSME.

"The semi-submersible rig has a drilling system that features a dual derrick with a main and a work centre to undertake multiple simultaneous operations."

The unit, which features full conventional mooring, is designed to operate in harsh environments and at water depths of about 3,000m.

The semi-submersible rig has a drilling system that features a dual derrick with a main and a work centre to undertake multiple simultaneous operations.

Odfjell Drilling CEO Simen Lieungh said: "We are pleased to take delivery of Deepsea Aberdeen. The rig is an important contribution to our fleet and operations, and we are well prepared to ensure a safe and efficient commencement of operations for BP West of Shetland."

Drilling operations are expected to start later in the first quarter of 2015.

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