Deepsea Aberdeen set for BP’s Quad 204 in Q1

An Odfjell Drilling semi-submersible newbuild that sank late last year while under construction in South Korea will now start drilling for BP in the West of Shetlands area in the first quarter.

The ultra-deepwater Deepsea Aberdeen is now due to be delivered to Odfjell in the final quarter, the owner said following its naming ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Okpo facility on Wednesday.

The sixth generation harsh environment unit sank on 28 December after taking in water in one of its pontoons while docked at the yard. It was refloated in early January.

There were 38 workers, including six Norwegians, employed by equipment supplier National Oilwell Varco (NOV) on board the rig at the time of the sinking. No injuries were reported.

Odfjell revealed on Friday that the unit should perform sea trials in July or August before the owner takes delivery in October or November. It will head from South Korea to Singapore, Mauritius, Cape Town, Las Palmas and finally West of Shetlands where it will begin drilling for BP in the first quarter. It had been due to start work in the fourth quarter this year.

The GVA 7500-design rig, ordered by Oslo-listed Odfjell at a reported cost of $626 million, was due to be delivered in May 2014 ready to start work for BP on the Schiehallion and Loyal fields off the UK as part of the British supermajor’s prestigious Quad 204 redevelopment project.

The Norwegian rig contractor has a seven-year contract with BP for the rig worth $1.2 billion - the largest-ever award for the company when it was made in 2012.

Odfjell also has three additional one-year extension options for the rig.

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