Diamond drilling semisubmersible to undergo structural overhaul

Diamond Offshore has contracted Keppel FELS to upgrade the semisubmersible Ocean Patriot, ahead of a charter for development drilling on Shell’s Fram field in the UK central North Sea.

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE– Diamond Offshore has contracted Keppel FELS to upgrade the semisubmersible Ocean Patriot, ahead of a charter for development drilling on Shell’s Fram field in the UK central North Sea.

Keppel FELS will fabricate and install four 24-ft (7.3-m) diameter stability columns and new lower hull inboard pontoon sponsons, and upgrade the living quarters.

The program is expected to start in June with re-delivery to follow at end-2013.

2/27/2013

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