Siemens to power newbuild Norway rigs

Offshore staff

ERLANGEN, Germany – DSME has contracted Siemens to provide power packages for Statoil’s two new Cat D. semisubmersible drilling rigs, both under construction in South Korea.

Songa Rig is the drilling contractor and purchaser of the rigs, which should start work for Statoil offshore Norway in 2014.

The rigs are designed for production and development drilling on fields in water depths of 100-500 m (328-1,640 ft), and will be capable of drilling to subsurface depths of 8,500 m (27,887 ft).

Siemens will provide electric generators, medium- and low-voltage switchgear and MCC (motor control center), distribution transformers, and a drilling drive package comprising cooling and braking resistor skids, thruster drives and motors, and uninterruptible power systems. The system will be designed according to the latest rules and regulations for operations on the Norwegian continental shelf.

“Siemens was involved in the early stage design of the Cat D. drilling units. As a result of this involvement, we’ve been able to meet the stringent requirements and supply a complete integrated solution for these mobile offshore drilling units,” said Adil Toubia, CEO of the Oil & Gas Division of Siemens Energy.



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