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Drilling rig under upgrade at Remontowa

Large semi-submersible drilling rig has finally arrived to Gdansk for repairs and upgrading at Remontowa SA. Its trip from the North Sea, where it was recently deployed, was not an easy one. The Norwegian oil rig, carrying 75 people, was even in a "controlled drift" in the North Sea at the turn of October and November for several hours, after its tow lines broke loose during an extremely heavy overnight storm. Even when the offshore platform was approaching Polish coast, its entrance to the port was further delayed by adverse weather conditions. However, eventually, on November 10, the rig was moored at Remontowa's quay after complex, several hours towage operation and extensive works commenced immediately.

Within a few days after the rig arrival some tightly scheduled, major construction works have been performed with use of hired offshore construction work heavy-lift sheerleg crane vessel Uglen, operated by J.J. Ugland Companies. Among other tasks accomplished, the new superstructure block was added, new heli-deck installed and a top part of existing drilling derrick was removed and replaced with a new one, along with new top drive and heave compensation system.
Conversion of a mobile drilling unit ranks high among most complex and advanced works for any shipyard. Remontowa fills this top expertise position with yet another semi-submersible conversion contract, the most complex won by the Gdansk based yard so far. Previously drilling rigs were undergoing planned maintenance, repairs, minor upgrades, while a service and hotel semi-sub was converted. Now the drilling rig Bredford Dolphin, including its specialist drilling equipment and systems, will be converted and upgraded at Remontowa. The order was won in stiff competition from three other shortlisted yards that have been fighting for this contract for several months.
According to contract, signed mid-September in Stavanger by Joakim Kleppe, president of Dolphin AS, and Remontowa directors Krzysztof Juchniewicz and Marek Sokolowski, the platform and its systems will be overhauled for class renewal. Bredford Dolphin will also undergo maintenance and painting, its cranes will be replaced with new ones, piping and electrical systems will be renovated and upgraded, the superstructure of the 30 years old rig will be completely rebuilt, drilling systems will be repaired and upgraded. Drilling equipment will be modernized by specialist companies with support form Remontowa, which will gain additional experience. The rig should be delivered to owners by early February after 85 days spent at the yard.
The preparations for repairs and conversion of Bredford Dolphin had begun at the yard already before the arrival of the mobile offshore drilling unit, to reduce the downtime for the rig, which was initially expected at the yard in the second half of October.
Bredford Dolphin is awarded a three-year contract on the Norwegian Continental Shelf by a consortium led by DPT. The commencement of this contract is expected after the yard stay in the first quarter of 2007.
Dolphin is one of the pioneers in the Norwegian oil industry. Since the company was established in 1965 it has acquired broad and deep experience in the operation of drilling units on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Dolphin is a company in the Fred. Olsen Energy ASA concern. Together with its sister company, Dolphin Drilling Ltd., it operates eight drilling rigs, one deepwater drill ship and a semi-submersible accommodation unit. In recent years Dolphin has put into use new drilling technologies that provide clients a high standard of service.

See photo gallery from rig entrance and initial works at the yard here.

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