• The specially-designed category D rig is able to operate at water depths up to 1300 metres and drill wells down to
    8,500 metres. It will be a workhorse on mature fields, primarily for drilling production wells and well completion.
    It is a tailor-made semi-submersible rig for mid-water segments on the NCS, but is also applicable in other regions.

Aker Solutions wins "Cat D" drilling contract

Work on the project will start immediately.

Aker Solutions has received a Letter of Award from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), to supply a further two drilling equipment packages to the 'Category D' drilling rigs the yard is building for the rig operator Songa Offshore, according to a press release.

The contract value is undisclosed.

Initated by Statoil

The development of the Cat D semi-submersible drilling rigs has been initiated by Statoil, the international energy company. The Cat D drilling rig is a new generation drilling and well intervention vessel, purpose made for the needs for North Sea operations.

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The first contract, for two drilling equipment packages, was announced in the summer of 2011. Now, the customers have exercised options for another two equipment packages, says Aker Solutions in the press release.

The two units will be delivered in 2015. The contract includes topside drilling equipment, procurement and commissioning of the rigs at the DSME yard.

Work on the project will start immediately in Kristiansand, Norway, and in other Aker Solutions drilling technologies units in Asker, Norway, Erkelenz, Germany and Houston in the US.

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