Rig: Bluewhale II

Name Bluewhale II
Owner Bluewhale Offshore
Manager Bluewhale Offshore
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 12000
Max Drill Depth (ft) 50000
Dimensions (ft)
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country China (PRC)
Region East Asia

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type --
Drawworks HP --
Mud Pumps Type NOV 14-P-2200 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 4000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Frigstad Engineering
Rig Model D90
Year Built 2019
Country of Build China (PRC)
Yard Name Yantai CIMC Raffles
Group Yard Name Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Ready Stacked
Operator --


6 Dec 2016

Frigstad Offshore exits from investment

Frigstad Offshore exits from investment in Frigstad Deepwater newbuilds and positions itself for industry recovery Frigstad Deepwater Holding Ltd, a subsidiary of Frigstad Offshore Group, has decided to sell all of its shares in Frigstad Deepwater Ltd to a subsidiary of China International Maritime Containers Group (CIMC) with effect from 6 December 2016. Frigstad Deepwater Ltd, which has been jointly owned by Frigstad Offshore Group and CIMC since 2012, has two 7th generation ultra deepwater drilling units of the Frigstad D90™ design under construction at the Yantai CIMC Raffles shipyard in Shandong, China. The units, “Frigstad Shekou” and “Frigstad Kristiansand”, are scheduled for delivery in Q1-2017 and Q3-2017 respectively. As a consequence of the above, Frigstad Deepwater Ltd will become a wholly owned subsidiary of CIMC and be renamed “CIMC Bluewhale Rig Ltd”. The operational management of the rigs will be taken over by Bluewhale Offshore Pte Ltd, also a subsidiary of CIMC, and the rigs will be renamed “Bluewhale I” and Bluewhale II”. A team from Frigstad Offshore, the current manager of the rigs, will continue to supervise the construction of the two rigs until completion. Harald Frigstad, Chairman and founder of the Frigstad Group, says in a comment: “The ultra deepwater market has been extremely challenging for a while and we have agreed with CIMC that it is in the best interests of both parties that our group exit from the investment in Frigstad Deepwater Ltd at this moment. We are doing this on friendly terms and will remain a close partner of CIMC also in the future. Our exit from Frigstad Deepwater Ltd gives us a good foundation to position the Frigstad Group for the industry recovery which we believe will come. As part of this, we are reorganising the group and strengthening the organisation in key areas, which includes expansion at our office in Kristiansand, Norway. We are investing heavily in research and development, and will be launching the next generation of our ultra deep-water semi-submersible rig design in 2017 to keep up with industry requirements for new technology and higher efficiency. We strongly believe that offshore oil and gas will still play a very important role in the global energy supply for a long time, and we will be a part of this promising industry in the years to come, both as rig designer and drilling contractor.”

30 Mar 2016

The 2nd Ultra-deep-water Semisubmersible Drilling Rig Mating In CIMC Raffles

On March 30th 2016, Frigstad Kristiansand, the second ultra-deep-water semisubmersible drilling rig build by CIMC Raffles for Frigstad completed mating in Yantai Shipyard. As one of the deepest operating and drilling semisubmersible rigs, Frigstad Kristiansand can be operated up to 3,658 meter and drilled to 15,250 meter. Equipped with DP3 system and dual derrick, it isclassed by DNV. Frigstad Kristiansand adopts Frigstad D90 basic design. Meanwhile its detailed and production designs are completed by CIMC Raffles. Learned from Frigstad Deepwater Rig Alfa, CIMC Raffles realized several project improvements. Compared with Frigstad Deepwater Rig Alfa, Frigstad Kristiansand reduces to 2.5 million working hours. Completion of MCR is over 30% before launching.

28 Feb 2014

CIMC Raffles begins construction of Frigstad's second semisub rig

The CIMC Raffles (CIMC) shipyard has announced that construction of Frigstad Offshore’s (Frigstad) second ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rig has begun at its Haiyang production base in China. The ‘Frigstad Deepwater Rig Beta’ is part of a two rig order placed by Frigstad at CIMC in January 2013 with construction of the ‘Frigstad Deepwater Rig Alpha’ beginning back in August 2013. The two rigs are being built to Frigstad Engineering’s D90 rig design and upon delivery will be only the second and third units constructed to the design globally, following on from the delivery of the ‘Scarabeo 9’ which was delivered by CIMC in 2011.

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