Integrated offshore rigs builder CIMC Raffles Offshore has been awarded two contracts to build harsh environment ice class semi-submersible drilling rig and a multi-purpose drillship.
The company secured the first order from Beacon and the new rig, the Beacon Atlantic, is scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The second order is from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Norshore to build one unit of multi-purpose drillship and is scheduled to be delivered in the second half year of 2016.
According to CIMC Raffles, the owner also has an option to build another similar semi-submersible drilling rig with it.
Beacon Atlantic can operate at water depth up to 500m, and will be built to the GM4-D design, carried out in cooperation between CIMC Raffles and designer Global Maritime.
The rig can also drill wells down to 8,000m and is equipped with NOV drilling package, DP3 and eight-point mooring system.
The rig will be designed to operate in the harsh North Sea environment and also other challenging regions such as the Arctic and Barents Sea.
CIMC Raffles claims that the rig, which will be able to resist the strongest storm in the North Sea, fulfills the requirements of NMa, NORSOK and PSA Standards.
The second GM4-D design semi-submersible drilling rig contracted by CIMC Raffles, the Beacon Atlantic rig is classed by DNV. The first unit was the North Dragon.
North Sea Rigs is managing the projects on behalf of the owners for both rigs.
Multi-Purpose Drillship is small-sized, and has been designed for riser-less drilling and well intervention operations globally, including the North Sea.
Image: Beacon Atlantic rig can operate at water depth up to 500m. Photo: courtesy of suwatpo / FreeDigitalPhotos.net