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Frigstad Offshore launches project to build new generation semi-submersible drilling rig

Frigstad Offshore launches project to build new generation harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig

Limassol,  28 November 2017

Frigstad Offshore has initiated a tender process with shipyards in Asia to price a new generation harsh

environment semi-submersible drilling rig. The Frigstad D90TM AWD design has been developed over the last two years by affiliate Frigstad Engineering to take advantage of latest technology developments, meeting end client and environmental requirements of the future. The Frigstad D90TM AWD is designed as a highly versatile and efficient tool for “all water drilling”, both in harsh and benign environments andin water depths ranging from 350 to 14,000 feet.

Frigstad Offshore has initiated a tender process with shipyards in Asia to price a new generation harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig. The Frigstad D90 AWDTM design has been developed over the last two years by affiliate Frigstad Engineering to take advantage of latest technology developments and to meet end client requirements of the future. The Frigstad D90 AWDTM  is designed as a highly versatile and efficient tool for “all water drilling”, both in benign and harsh environments and in water depths ranging from 500 to 14,000 feet.

Harald Frigstad, Chairman and Owner of Frigstad Group, commented: “We have seen an increased demand among oil companies for larger and more efficient drilling units. The recent downturn has pushed the industry to make great advances within technology development. We have worked closely with major vendors and end users to incorporate this new technology into the Frigstad D90 AWDTM design which will provide our clients with unmatched capabilities and reduced well costs.”

Frigstad Offshore will initially price the rig fully equipped with a full dual activity hydraulic drilling package with 2 x 1,500 short tons hoisting capacity, riser for 14,000 feet of water depth, managed pressure drilling facilities and ready for 20K BOP system. The final equipment selection will however be subject to commercial evaluations and client requirements.Frigstad Offshore will initially price the rig fully equipped with a dual activity hydraulic drilling package with 2 x 1,500 short tons hoisting capacity, riser for 14,000 feet of water depth, managed pressure drilling facility and ready for 20K BOP system. The final equipment selection will however be subject to commercial evaluations and client requirements.

The Frigstad D90TM AWD is the third generation of the proven Frigstad D90TM design which has been used to construct three drilling units since 2006. “Scarabeo 9”, the first generation of the Frigstad D90TMdesign, was delivered to Saipem in 2011 and has operated since then in Cuba, West Africa and Black Sea.

The Frigstad Group ordered another two larger versions of the Frigstad D90TM (second generation) jointly with Chinese investors in 2012. Frigstad Group exited from this investment in late 2016 and the first unit, named “Bluewhale 1”, has recently completed its first drilling campaign successfully in the South ChinaSea.

The Frigstad D90 AWDTM is an enhancement of the proven Frigstad D90TM design which has been used to construct three drilling units since 2006. “Scarabeo 9”, the first unit of the Frigstad D90TM design, was delivered to Saipem in 2011 and has operated since then in Cuba, West Africa and Black Sea. In 2012, the Frigstad Group ordered another two larger versions of the   Frigstad D90TM together with Chinese investors. Frigstad Group exited from this investment in late 2016 and the first unit, “Bluewhale 1”, has recently completed its first drilling campaign in the South China Sea.

Press Contact:    Dag Frigstad, +47 4697 7801, commercial@frigstad.com

Image Caption:   Frigstad D90AWD™ 

Frigstad Offshore Ltd

Frigstad Offshore is an offshore drilling contractor with more than 28 years’ experience from operation and construction of  drilling units. The Frigstad Offshore group is based in Cyprus with operational offices in Kristiansand, Norway and Singapore.

Frigstad Engineering Ltd

Frigstad Engineering  is a provider of modern semi-submersible rig designs and engineering services to the offshore drilling industry. The Frigstad Engineering  group is based in Cyprus with engineering teams located in Kristiansand, Norway and Singapore.