BOP Failure On New Songa Offshore Drilling Rig

Published at 11:05AM - 11/01/16

A BOP failure has been reported on a Songa Offshore drilling rig, the Songa Endurance, as it prepared to drill its first oil well offshore Norway.

Songa Offshore announced the news Monday January 11th saying: “While performing a final test on location, the rig experienced BOP equipment failure.”

BOP Failure

The failure occurred during final testing of the BOP, prior to starting the drilling rig’s first well, on an 8 year contract with Norwegian state major Statoil.

According to the Norwegian – Cypriot offshore drilling contractor the root cause of the failure, has been identified and, is currently being repaired on location from parts onboard available to the crew.

Songa Endurance

The new build Songa Endurance started operations for Statoil, on December 31st 2015, after signing a contract for 8 years that will see it work exclusively in the firm’s giant Troll field offshore Norway.

The Songa Endurance is a semisubmersible CAT D offshore drilling rig delivered, by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), in Korea 2015.

Songa and DSME have been in a bitter legal dispute, over escalating costs in relations to the drilling rig’s build, since its delivery last year.

DMSE initially hit Songa with a US$150 million claim in November, alleging that costs had spiralled from the rigs initial estimates due to extras ordered by Songa.

The Korean firm then hit Songa a week later for a further US$22 million claim for the ‘repayment of liquidated damages’.

Songa Offshore refuted the claim, saying that it was: ’conducting a full legal review of the project and its position; finding evidence of default by DSME during the engineering and construction of each of the four Cat D units.’

CAT D Drilling Rig

DSME have since delivered a further CAT D rig to Songa, the Songa Encourage- the firm’s third CAT D classified driller.

Songa Encourage is currently on route from the Korean shipyard to Naroway having left Korea on December 16th 2015.