New rig ready for Norway
The brand-new COSL Innovator rig is now certified for the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Next stage is the Troll field.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has now granted its AoC (Acknowledgment of Compliance) to the semi-submersible COSL Innovator drilling rig, meaning it is approved for NCS operation.
The rig is now at Westcon’s yard in Ølensvåg, western Norway for final equipment installation. It is expected it will remain there for two to three months before drilling for Statoil at Troll.
Drilling Europe owns the COSL Innovator, which was built at the Yantai Raffles Shipyard in China. Nymo in Grimstad built the drilling package supplied by National Oilwell Varco. The rig is designed for drilling in water depths up to 750 metres (approximately 2,460 feet).
Oil industry workers could be called out on strike from Sunday should the parties not agree.
Helge Bjørnestad claimed the energy giant offered the judge the job after he had resigned. This happened three months prior to this time, however.