MTR-3 (China Merchant Heavy Industries) (Tender Rig)

Mermaid Drilling doubles size of tender rig fleet with newbuild order

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09 January 2014

Mermaid Maritime Public Company Limited (Mermaid) the parent company of Mermaid Drilling has announced that the company has placed an order for two new tender assist drilling units. The two units which will be named ‘MTR-3’ and ‘MTR-4’ upon delivery have been ordered from China Merchants Heavy Industry shipyard in China for delivery in Q1 and Q2 2016. Once delivered form the shipyard both units will cost US$149 million with US$141.9 million being directed towards the construction of the rig and US$7.1 million for additional equipment spares. Mermaid currently owns and manages two tender rigs in South East Asia and it is expected that the ‘MTR-3’ and ‘MTR-4’ will both go to work in the region upon delivery in 2016.


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14 Oct 2014

Electric mooring systems to be installed upon 'MTR-3' and 'MTR-4'

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won new contracts that will see electrically-driven versions of its mooring systems fitted to two new tender assist drilling rigs for Thailand-based Mermaid Maritime Public Company Limited. The Self-Erected Drilling Tender (Hull No. CMHI (JS)-151-1 and Hull No. CMHI (JS)-151-2) are under construction at China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co Ltd with delivery planned for 2016. The order was booked into third quarter 2014 order intake. MacGregor will provide each rig with an electrically-driven eight-point mooring system with a 95-tonne line pull, a 460-tonne brake holding capacity and a 1,400m x 64mm diameter wire drum capacity. MacGregor equipment deliveries are scheduled for June 2015. "The electric winches have variable frequency drives, which consume around 20 to 30 per cent less energy when compared to hydraulically-driven winches," notes Francis Wong, Vice President, Segment Sales, MacGregor Offshore. "This advantage will significantly reduce the carbon footprint and bring down the initial installation and operation cost." "MacGregor can offer comprehensive equipment packages for all types of specialist offshore units," he adds. "Our portfolio for mobile drilling units has been strengthened with the addition of the Pusnes products."

8 Dec 2014

Steel cutting of 'MTR-3' marks beginning of construction

Mermaid Maritime Public Company Limited (Mermaid), a leading provider of subsea and drilling services for the offshore oil and gas industry, is pleased to announce that it has officially marked the start of its new vessel / rig construction by participating in a steel cutting ceremony for its performance class tender rig‘MTR-3’ and DP2 multipurpose subsea dive support and construction vessel ‘Mermaid Ausana’.The ceremony took place at the shipyards of China Merchants Heavy Industry in China in Nantong and Shenzhen, respectively. The ‘MTR-4’, which will be identical to the ‘MTR-3’, is scheduled to have its steel cutting ceremony two months later. The ‘MTR-3’ and ‘MTR-4’ will be state-of-the-art performance class tender assist drilling rigs incorporating the latest modern design features, and will be the most advanced tender rigs in the market when they are delivered in 2016. The rigs will each be equipped with a modern drilling package supplied by leading drilling equipment specialist National Oilwell Varco and will feature a larger deck space, bigger cranes, faster rig moves, larger and more living quarter capacity, larger tank storage and offline activity systems. In addition, both rigs will be able to operate in water depths of up to 243 meters with conventional mooring and 914 meters with pre-laid mooring, and have a drilling depth rating of 7620 meters and accommodation for 200 personnel, making both rigs an appealing option and solution for potential clients looking for a complete production drilling program.

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