Ensco 8502 semisub deployment delayed by fire

Ensco International (ESV) reported that a fire has delayed the deployment of the Ensco 8502 ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig that just completed construction in Singapore. 

A fire broke out on the rig’s engine room, where the flames were contained. There were no injuries due to the fire, and insurance claims will be filed. 

On January 19, Ensco announced that the company had taken delivery of the rig, which was constructed by Keppel Fels. 

The Ensco 8502 semisub was originally slated to commence operations in the latter part of the second quarter of this year. Now, the drilling rig will not be able to commence operations until the third quarter of 2010.
Then, the semisub will mobilize to the US Gulf of Mexico for a two-year contract with Nexen. 

The Ensco 8502 semisubmersible drilling rig is the third of Ensco’s seven ultra-deepwater semisubs being constructed by Keppel Fels in Singapore. The rig will be able to drill to a depth of 35,000 feet deep in waters measuring 7,500 feet deep and can be modified to drill in waters up to 10,000 feet deep.

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