Byford Dolphin scheduled for upgrades and survey
Dolphin Drilling Ltd. has awarded Harland and Wolff a contract for the dry docking and renewal/special periodic survey of the Byford Dolphin MODU.
BELFAST, Ireland –Dolphin Drilling Ltd. has awarded Harland and Wolff a contract for the dry docking and renewal/special periodic survey of the Byford Dolphin MODU.
Following on the completion of its sister rig theBlackford Dolphin in 2014, the Byford project is expected to start in early 2015.
The Aker-H3 design semisubmersible drilling rig will have several modifications and upgrades including the fabrication and addition of two new columns and four buoyancy boxes for stability and deck load improvements, fitting of a new larger BOP requiring underdeck stiffening and the fabrication and installation of a new BOP control house, and installation of new drillstring handling equipment.
The project also includes several standard renewal and maintenance work such as repairs, renewals and refurbishment of pipework, steelwork, anodes, drilling equipment, electrical systems, propulsion machinery and accommodation areas.
Harland and Wolff has begun a three-month period of pre-fabrication where new steel sections will be constructed in advance of the rig arrival.