SEMBCORP Marine’s Jurong Shipyard has grabbed the predicted second order for a harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig from SeaDragon Offshore.
It is to complete and deliver the Moss Maritime unit by the end of June 2011.
Jurong said that the six-column bare deck hull, built at Sevmash, in Russia, arrived in early-June and that it would now proceed with the construction, outfitting, furnishing, equipping, testing and completion of the bare-deck hull into an ultra-deepwater capability rig.
Contract value is stated to be $237.3million, excluding equipment supplied by the owner.
It will be capable of working in water depths to 3,000m (10,000ft) and of drilling to some 9,000m (30,000ft).
George Sutherland, technical director of SeaDragon, said: “We are delighted to be working with the world-class team at Jurong on this second project, which we are confident will result in a first-class asset for charter in 2011.”
Don Lee, senior general manager of Jurong’s offshore division, said: “We thank SeaDragon again for their trust and commitment in working with Jurong to realise this option after the first contract was signed in April 2009.
“These two state-of-the-art semi-submersible rigs will complement the range of semi-submersibles that Jurong is building.”
This second order will grate in the English north-east as it was hoped that the pair would be fitted out on Teesside.
Sadly, Dragon backed away from a deal, much to the chagrin of those who were bidding for the two-rig package.