The Saipem-owned rig“Scarabeo 8” has emerged from 2010’s flames and could be ready for its firstassignment in one month. The rebuilt rig is to be the world’s best, accordingto the company.
Band music, champagnespilling, an Italian godmother, and the best Easter weather imaginableaccompanied the rig’s christening in Ølensfjord, western Norway on Tuesday.
For 16 months, Saipemdrilling manager Guiseppe Caselli has followed work at Westcon’s yard in Ølen. It was towed there following amajor fire, which hit the rig whilst waiting for outfitting at a shipyard locatedin Palermo in Sicily. It has now emerged from the ashes like a phoenix.
“We’vegot a fantastic, modern,specially-equipped rig for drilling in harsh winterclimates and hope for many years of assignments on the Norwegian ContinentalShelf,” Signor Caselli tells Aftenbladet. Initially, the rig is under a majorfive-year drilling contract for Saipem’sparent company, Eni, on the Goliat fieldin the Barents Sea.
This will have to wait, however, as itsfirst assignment will be to drill an exploration well on theOdden field 90 kilometres west of Florø for operator Statoil.
First serious test
According to signor Caselli, “Scarabeo 8”will first begin on this in about a month, which he expects to last for between45 and 60 days.
“This is our first serious testof the new rig and new equipment,a so-called "shake down" as it isknown in our industry,” he declares.
“Scarabeo 8"will subsequently set course northwards to the Barents Sea at a maximum speedof eight knots under its own steam.Two wells will be drilled there, the first south ofSkrugard at Salina, then at Bønna, west of Hammerfest.
Eni Norgecommunications director Andreas Wulff says, “this will probably happen in the secondor third quarter of this year.”