Prospector takes delivery of new jackup ahead of Total project
ABERDEEN, United Kingdom -- The world’s newest jackup drilling rig, PROSPECTOR 1, arrived in the Cromarty Firth, Scotland, on Tuesday, after a two-month journey from its construction shipyard in Dalian, China.
Owned by Prospector Offshore Drilling, the jackup features one of the most advanced, fully-automated drilling systems in the world and represents an investment of over $200 million. At 231 ft by 250 ft the rig’s platform is the size of four Olympic swimming pools. Fully jacked-up its height is almost 775 ft. It is the first of six rigs Prospector Offshore Drilling has ordered.
PROSPECTOR 1 and PROSPECTOR 5, which is due to arrive in the North Sea next summer, have both been built in China. PROSPECTOR 1 was built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co., while PROSPECTOR 5 is being built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
PROSPECTOR 1 has been transported on Dockwise’s heavy-lift vessel, the Talisman. It will be floated off the vessel over the next two to three days before being jacked-up in the Cromarty Firth. It will spend the next four weeks in the deepwater port while its 140-strong crew continues an intensive training program. It will then travel to the central North Sea to commence operations for Total E&P UK Ltd.
The rig is capable of operating in nominal water depths of up to 400 ft and is equipped to drill wells to a depth of 35,000 ft in high-pressure and high-temperature environments.