Songa Enabler Starts Drilling Offshore Norway

Published at 11:00AM - 29/07/16

Songa Offshore announced today that its semisubmersible drilling rig Songa Enabler has commenced drilling operations offshore Norway, in the Barents Sea.

The drilling rig is now on operating rate under a drilling contract with Statoil on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), with a duration of eight years, Songa Offshore informed.

“Songa Enabler is the last rig in a series of four category D semi-submersible drilling rigs, especially built for and contracted to Statoil,” the company said in a statement.

Songa Enabler Starts Drilling Offshore Norway

Songa Enabler is a sixth generation, high specification, harsh environment, fully winterised, mid-water rig and is Songa Offshore’s fourth unit.

The facility has been designed by the drilling contractor for drilling, completion, testing and intervention operations in water depths of up to 500 metres (1,640 feet), all year round.

As well as this, the rig is certified DP3 and was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.

Songa Enabler Starts Drilling Offshore Norway
Songa Enabler Starts Drilling Offshore Norway

It was delivered to Songa Offshore in March 2016 and arrived in Norway on June 28.

Earlier this month, the rig received its Acknowledgment of Compliance from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA).

Under this agreement, the agency assessed that petroleum activities may be carried out using the rig within the regulatory framework.

Songa Offshore Rigs Performing as Planned

In a fleet update disclosed earlier this month, Songa Offshore reported an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 99% for Songa Dee, working for Statoil offshore Norway.

In the meantime, Songa Delta remains suspended until the end of August and Songa Trym is currently stacked, while marketed for new employment.

Songa Equinox continues to work for Statoil in Norway while Songa Endurance saw a decrease in its operational efficiency as a result of four days of planned maintenance during the month.