As part of the contract with option for an additional unit, Jurong will construct the jack-up rig based on the Gusto MSC CJ70 design and in line with a modified version of Statoil’s ‘Cat J’ specifications.
The rig will feature an air gap of 69 metres and will have the capacity to operate in water depths of up to 150 metres (492 feet) in severe environments.
Scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, the rig will have a maximum total drilling depth capacity of 10,000 metres (33,000 ft).
The improved Gusto MSC CJ70 jack-up will optimise HSE focus and will allow the rig to operate over a large platform or in a subsea configuration in water depths of up to 150 metres in the Norwegian sector.
Jurong Shipyard offshore division general manager William Gu said the latest contract further strengthens Jurong Shipyard’s position as a leading builder of customised rigs.
The shipyard is currently building six F&G JU3000N class jack-up rigs, worth S$1.3bn, for Noble and had delivered two units of Bingo 9000 ultra-deepwater semi-submersibles, the Noble Danny Adkins and Noble Jim Day, in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
In April 2012, Jurong Shipyard secured a $568m contract from North Atlantic Drilling to build an ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig for deployment in the North Sea and Barents Sea.
In March of the same year, the yard won a $385.5m order to build a semisubmersible well intervention rig for Helix Energy Solutions Group.
Image: Jurong Shipyard will deliver the ultra-high specification jack-up rig in the first quarter of 2015. Photo courtesy of Calvin Teo.