17 Jan 2009

Jurong Shipyard’s First Larsen Semi-submersible PETRORIG I

Singapore, January 17, 2009: PETRORIG I, the first unit of a series of four Larsen Oil & Gas ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs on order with Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary Jurong Shipyard, has completed its turnkey construction within schedule and is well on track for her maiden assignment in the Gulf of Mexico.

The semi-submersible rig, owned by Larsen Oil & Gas-managed PetroMena ASA of Norway, was officially named PETRORIG I by Lady Sponsor Mrs Liv Berge Halvorsen, wife of Mr Berge Gerdt Larsen, owner of Larsen Oil & Gas, in a ceremony attended by key representatives from Jurong Shipyard and rig charterer Petrobras America.

Shortly after the ceremony, the rig will set off for the anchorage for thrusters installation and commissioning as well as sea trial. The rig is scheduled for delivery and sail-away in March 2009 for a five-year charter with Petrobras America for operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

PETRORIG I, built using Jurong Shipyard’s proprietary breakthrough techniques for fast-track semi-submersible construction, is a 6th generation Friede & Goldman’s Ex-D Millennium Class design semi-submersible rig capable of drilling up to 37,500 feet while operating in dynamic positioning mode in ultra-deep waters of up to 10,000 feet. The rig is equipped with an operational displacement of 43,400 metric tons at 17 metres draft and 46,750 metric tons at 20 metres draft, 18,000 square feet of usable deck space, and is capable of a variable deck load capacity of up to 8,000 tons.

Sister units PETRORIG II and PETRORIG III, the second and third Larsen Oil & Gas semi-submersible rigs under construction in Jurong Shipyard, have also obtained longterm charter contracts. PETRORIG II has secured a five-year charter from Petrobras Brasileiro S.A. for drilling offshore Brazil, while PETRORIG III has been awarded a five-year charter contract with Pemex for deployment offshore Mexico.

Mr Martin Nordaas, Project Director of PetroRig I and General Manager of Larsen Oil & Gas, said: “The fast-track and on-time completion of PETRORIG I, our first of a series four ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs with Jurong Shipyard, marks another landmark achievement in the Larsen-Jurong partnership. Jurong Shipyard’s innovative rig-building capabilities and strong management expertise have played a vital role in PETRORIG I’s success in this challenging environment and we salute each and everyone in the team for achieving this significant milestone. We are confident that Jurong Shipyard will continue to deliver results and meet our high expectations.”

Mr Wong Weng Sun, Managing Director of Jurong Shipyard, said: “Jurong Shipyard shares the pride and joy of Larsen Oil and Gas on this milestone occasion as they celebrate the turnkey completion and naming of their first ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig PETRORIG I. The on-schedule completion of PETRORIG I is the result of effective co-operation between the builders, owners and suppliers. We would like to wish PetroRig and Petrobras, all the best and success with this high-performance semi-submersible in its operations in the Gulf of Mexico.”

About Larsen Oil & Gas
Larsen Oil and Gas Group is a privately owned international drilling and production contractor with offices in Norway, Aberdeen (UK), Singapore and Dubai. The Group specialises in the development, construction and operation of semi-submersibles and Jack-up Drilling Platforms, FPSOs and Mobile Drilling and Production Platforms.

Larsen Oil and Gas manages a group of owner companies (listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange) as follows: Petrolia Drilling ASA (including Venture Drilling), PetroJack ASA, PetroMena ASA, PetroProd Ltd ASA

About Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd
Jurong Shipyard, a fully-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, is a leading shipyard offering integrated services and customised solutions in ship repair, shipbuilding, ship conversion, rig building and offshore engineering to a worldwide clientele. Apart from its proven track record in the building and servicing of jack-up and semi-submersible rigs, Jurong Shipyard is also a global leader in the EPC conversion of tankers to
floating, production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs), floating storage tankers (FSOs) and floating production units (FPU).

In addition to PETRORIG I, Jurong Shipyard is also building three other identical semisubmersible units and 1 unit of Pacific Class 375 deep drilling jack-up rig for Larsen Oil & Gas. The yard is also constructing 4 units of 6th generation ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs, 1 unit of CJ70 design harsh-environment deep drilling jack-up rig, a heavy-lift jack-up barge as well as building up two baredeck hulls to semi-submersibles.

PETRORIG I – 6th Generation Friede & Goldman Ex-D Design Millennium Class Ultra-deepwater Semi-submersible Drilling Rig

PETRORIG I is the first of four ultra-deepwater dynamic-positioning 6th generation Friede and Goldman Ex-D design Millenium Class semi-submersible rigs constructed on a turnkey basis by Jurong Shipyard for Larsen Oil & Gas


Length 98.82 m
Beam 78.68 m
Height( Keel to Main Deck) 36.0 m

Lower Hull
Length 98.82 m
Beam 20.12 m
Depth 8.54 m

Length 15.86 m
Beam 15.86 m
Corner Radius 3.96 m

Upper Hull
Length 74.42 m
Beam 74.42 m
Height 8.6 m

Operating Draft 20.0 m
Accommodation 180 persons
Water Depth 10,000 feet
Drilling Depth below Rotary 37,500 feet

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