New Songa Drilling Rig Starts Work

Published at 08:25AM - 12/04/16

New Songa drilling rig, the Songa Encourage, starts work on its eight year contract in the Norwegian North Sea with oil major Statoil.

According to its operators, Songa Offshore, the semisubmersible drilling rig started operations on 11 April, marking the start of its eight year drilling contract. The rig’s first job will be to drill in Statoil’s Skuld field.

Songa Encourage is the third in the series of CAT D rigs, that Songa has specifically designed and built for Statoil. The Songa Equinox and Songa Endurance are already on contract, having both started work late last year. The fourth rig, the Songa Enabler was delivered last month, and is heading to Norway, where it will undergo pre-checks prior to starting operations.

Songa Encourage

The Songa Encourage is a mid water semisubmersible drilling rig, delivered in 2015 by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Okpo Shipyard, South Korea.

Encourage has the design capability to operate in a maximum water depth of 1,640 feet (500m), and drill to a maximum depth of 28,000 feet (8,534m).