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Release time:2019-06-14
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On June 12th, the naming ceremony of semi-submersible drilling rig, which was designed and built by CIMC Raffles, is held in Yantai Yard of CIMC RAFFLES. She was awarded the name of “Deepsea Yantai”.it is also the first time to name a rig with the city name of Yantai on the world. This rig sails to North Sea on the afternoon of the same day to execute the service contract which was signed at March between Neptune and CIMC RAFFLES.

Another Series Designed for North Sea by CIMC RAFFLES

"Deepsea Yantai" is the sixth-generation semi-submersible drilling rig and applies to the harsh environment in Polar Regions. It’s a new series of products of CIMC Raffles besides COSL series and the "Blue Whale" series.

The series adopts GM4-D design, and the basic design is provide by CIMC Raffles and Norwegian Global Maritime. CIMC Raffles owns 80% of independent intellectual property rights, and bear all detailed design and construction design. There are 11 major technology breakthroughs and 114 improvements were realized, and the platform operational capabilities increased for about 19%.

The North Dragon drilling rig is equipped with NOV new designed offline stand building system with the length of 106.75 meter, the width of 73.7 meter and the draught capacity of 21 meter. It is able to operate at a water depth of up to 500m and drill wells down to 8000m. It is designed for operating in the Norwegian continental shelf and the Barents Sea., meanwhile, it is capable of operating at - 22℃ which meets the Ice-class requirement. It is equipped with DP3 and 8-point mooring system. All the peripheral safety equipment of the platform have equipped anti-icing measures such as electric heating or windproof walls; the windproof wall is installed in a large area of the drilling area, which ensure that the platform can work normally in a cold environment. The platform meets Norsok (Norwegian Petroleum Industry Technical Regulations) standards that are the world's most stringent standards, and were classified by the Norwegian Classification Society. NORSOK and NPD Standards and is classed by DNV.

Bridge Yantai and Norway, Showing power of Made in Yantai

Yantai and Stavanger became Friendship City in last end of year. Stavanger is a world well-known offshore city, and Yantai is turning to Offshore Manufacture City. For enhance the friendship of the two cities, this rig was named as Deepsea Yantai with the witness of relate parties.

On this March, CIMC RAFFLES signed the service contract with international oil&gas explore and product company Neptune under the cooperation of famous rig service subcontractor Odfjell. This contract covers the lease of 6 wells and alternative lease of 10 wells, and the operation would be executed by Deepsea Yantai.

Li Minggao, the Vice President of CIMC RAFFLES, said that Deepsea Yantai would be another famous rig in North Sea, combining good manufacture of CIMC RAFFLES and professional operating capacity of Neptune and Odfjell. And she would meet achievement again and showing the production power of Yantai to the world. Meanwhile, that is also would bridge the economics communication of Yantai and Norway and enhance the friendship at the same time.

CIMC Raffles has built 12 semi-submersible drilling rigs, of which 10 are classified by the Norwegian Classification Society, 3 are operating in the Norwegian North Sea, and 8 times have won the “Best Platform of the Year” and “Best Platform of the Month”. Such honors represent Yantai's strength in the field of offshore equipment manufacturing and lay the foundation for Yantai's development of offshore industry.

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