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Blue Whale 2 starts sea trials

Written by  AOG Staff Monday, 31 July 2017 20:59
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China’s CIMC Raffles has started sea trials for the ultra-deepwater drilling rig Blue Whale II following the completion equipment testing.

The integrated offshore builder commenced sea trials of the rig over the weekend and they are expected to last for three weeks.

Designed to operate in water depths of 3658m and drill to depths of up to 15,240m, the rig accommodates a dual activity drilling package.

The Frigstad D90 design unit is equipped with a dynamic positioning three system. Its sister rig Blue Whale I has just finished drilling its first deepwater well for methane hydrate in the South China Sea.

Image: Blue Whale ll / CIMC

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