Rig: Transocean Encourage

Name Transocean Encourage
Owner Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc.
Manager Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc.
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Midwater Floater
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 1640
Max Drill Depth (ft) 28000
Dimensions (ft) 380 x 318 x 75
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Norway
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type AKMH Wirth
Drawworks HP --
Mud Pumps Type AKMH Wirth
Top Drive Aker Maritime Hydraulics
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1500000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Gotaverken
Rig Model GVA 4000 NCS
Year Built 2015
Country of Build South Korea
Yard Name Okpo Shipyard
Group Yard Name Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Equinor Energy AS


8 May 2017

Statoil receives consent to use Songa Encourage at Troll

Statoil has received consent to use Songa Encourage for drilling and completing a production well on the Troll field. We have given Statoil consent to use the Songa Encourage mobile drilling facility to drill and complete production well 31/2-O-24 on the Troll field. The well is to be drilled in a well template tied back to Troll C by a subsea pipeline. Water depth at the site is 338 metres. The drilling work is scheduled to take 71 days. Songa Encourage is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the GVA 4000 type, operated by Songa Offshore. It was built at the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016. It is classified by DNV GL and registered in Norway. Songa Encourage was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in April 2017.

27 Jan 2017

Statoil receives consent to use Songa Encourage for well activities

Statoil has received consent to use Songa Encourage for well activities at Norne, Norne satellites and Alve. Statoil is the operator of the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea, west of Mo i Rana in Nordland county. The field has been developed using a floating production and storage unit, tied to the well templates on the seabed. Water depth at the Norne field is 380 metres. The oil is transported from the Norne facility by tanker, while the gas is piped to Kårstø in Rogaland county and on to Germany. Production at Norne began in 1997. The Alve field, which is 16 kilometres southwest of Norne, and other satellite fields are tied back to the Norne facility. Statoil has received consent to use the Songa Encourage mobile drilling facility to perform well activities on these fields. The activities include drilling wells for production or injection, well overhaul and other intervention work, as well as plugging. Songa Encourage is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Cat D type, owned and operated by Songa Offshore. It was built by the Daewoo yard in South Korea in 2016, is registered in Norway and classified by DNV GL. Songa Encourage was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in April 2016.

18 Jan 2017

Songa Encourage update

Following the 2 January 2017 water ingress into a pump room, Songa Encourage is currently close to Kristiansund, Norway, for equipment overhaul and repair which are progressing on schedule. The rig is expected to be back in operations early February 2017.

2 Jan 2017

Water leakage in pump room on Songa Encourage

Just after 12:30 today it was observed water ingress into a pumproom onboard the Songa Encourage. The mobile drilling unit is presently on the Heidrun-field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The rig was not in operations, as it was waiting on weather. The water leakage is stopped and the rig is stabilized. There was 79 persons on board the unit and no one is injured. The crew mustered according to standard procedure. The company's emergency response team is mobilized, co-ordinates support services and is in continuous contact with Statoil and the relevant authorities. The company has initiated actions to identify the root cause of the incident.

27 Jun 2016

Consent for use of Songa Encourage

Statoil has received consent to use Songa Encourage for the drilling and completion of wells at Åsgard and Heidrun. The consent covers production drilling, completion, workover, intervention and plugging. Planned start-up at Åsgard and Heidrun is mid-July 2016 and mid-December 2016 respectively. The PSA has now granted Statoil consent to use Songa Encourage at Åsgard and Heidrun in accordance with the company's application.

11 Apr 2016

Commencement of drilling contract for Songa Encourage

Songa Encourage commenced drilling operations on 11 April 2016 under its eight-year drilling contract with Statoil on the Norwegian continental shelf. The rig is now on operational day rate and working on the Skuld field. Songa Encourage is the third rig in a series of four Category D rigs, specifically built for, and contracted to Statoil.

16 Dec 2015

Delivery of Songa Encourage

Songa Offshore has today taken delivery of Songa Encourage - the third Category D rig - from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea. "We are pleased to take delivery of Songa Encourage today the 16 December 2015. This is the third Category D rig we take delivery of in a series of four rigs, all going on eight year contracts with Statoil in Norway. We are now looking forward to see the rig commence drilling operations in Norway", says CEO Bjørnar Iversen.

27 Jun 2014

Songa secures finances for delivery of third and fourth CAT D rigs

Songa Offshore SE (Songa) has received a firm commitment from banks and an Export Credit Agency for the financing of the Cat D 3 and 4 newbuilds with a pre-delivery financing of USD90 million per rig and a post-delivery financing of USD550 million per rig. The terms of the financing are at competitive terms and the Company plans to complete final documentation of the transactions in third quarter 2014. The commercial tranche of the senior secured credit facility is underwritten. The ‘Songa Encourage’ and ‘Songa Enabler’are both expected to be delivered from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering’s (DSME) Okpo shipyard in South Korea in the second half of 2015.

24 Feb 2012

Securing rig capacity to improve recovery on the NCS

Statoil is entering into new contracts to secure increased rig capacity on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The company has chartered two more rigs to be purpose-built for mature fields. The rigs will contribute further to Statoil’s efforts to improve recovery on the NCS. Songa Offshore has been awarded contracts for building the two rigs. The estimated contract value is USD 1.33 billion per rig for a fixed charter period of 8 years, with options for extensions of another 4x3 years per rig. The contracts cover two category D rigs for medium water depth. This innovative rig concept has been developed by the industry for Statoil. “Statoil is committed to maximising the value of the NCS,” says executive vice president of Development and Production Norway in Statoil, Øystein Michelsen. “We have a world-class project portfolio on the NCS with a robust production outlook. In addition to the safe and efficient development of new fields, we continue to step up our efforts to improve recovery from existing fields. We are convinced that new efforts are needed to secure a rig fleet that can handle the demanding tasks ahead.” By increasing the capacity of category D rigs, the drilling and completion of production wells will be carried out at lower costs, more efficiently and in a safe manner. Reducing rig costs is important in order to realise the values in existing discoveries. New discoveries are often made close to existing fields. Fast development of such discoveries is necessary to utilise the existing infrastructure. “In order to further revitalise the NCS, Statoil sees the need for adding new rig capacity. We are targeting the allocation of rigs and rig concepts to ensure more capacity in the market, and we are already seeing results of these efforts,” says chief procurement officer in Statoil, Jon Arnt Jacobsen. One of the new category D rigs will be used on the Norne, Heidrun and Åsgård licences, the other will be part of Statoil’s strategic rig fleet and set up for year-round operations in the Barents Sea. “We have carried out a procurement process which has generated significant interest among rig entrepreneurs, contractors and investors. Statoil committed to Songa Offshore last year to realise the first two category D rigs, these new contract awards strengthen our cooperation. The contract awards will raise exciting possibilities for Songa Offshore, but will also lead to positive spinoffs for sub-suppliers involved in producing and preparing the rigs for operation,” says Jacobsen. In connection with the contracts Statoil will provide to Songa Offshore a bridge financing covering the pre-delivery payment by Songa to the shipyard (DSME). The financing is equivalent to 20% of the total construction contracts value, offered at normal market conditions, including security.

21 Feb 2011

Long-term contract for new rig design

Statoil is sending out an invitation to tender for a new type of drilling rig. It is specially-designed by the industry on behalf of Statoil for use on mature fields on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The purpose is to make drilling and completion of production wells less expensive, more effective and safer, and thereby boost oil recovery. Discoveries on the NCS are getting smaller and it is becoming more important to increase drilling activity in mature fields to attain the full potential of the NCS. To meet this challenge, lower rig rates, greater drilling efficiency and access to rigs are key factors. “The rigs delivered to the NCS in recent years were first and foremost constructed for operations in deep water,” says Jon Arnt Jacobsen, chief procurement officer in Statoil. “That means that they are big and too costly for our requirements and challenges on the NCS. We are therefore taking steps to rejuvenate the rig fleet and ensure that the right rig meets the right requirements.” The specially-designed category D rig is able to operate at water depths of 100-500 metres and drill wells down to 8,500 metres. It will be a workhorse on mature fields, primarily for drilling production wells and well completion. In this way, Statoil and its partners can get more oil out of the fields. The rig has been developed in collaboration with various industry players. Statoil is issuing a tender for minimum two such rigs for work on the NCS. The contract will run for either eight years with four three-year options or for 20 years firm contract period. This is an unusually long period of contract which will reduce the risk for the drilling contractor who will build the rig. Statoil is also considering taking an ownership stake in the rig. “Statoil is taking responsibility for a long-term development of the NCS – we see that there are still big opportunities here,” says Jacobsen. “Now we need to think anew with regard to reducing drilling costs and we will see if it’s possible to achieve a more industrialised development.” It is many years since big discoveries were made on the NCS. Minor finds are made but the margins are lower. It is therefore necessary to reduce rig costs in order to realise the potential value. Small finds are also often made near existing fields. Fast developments are then important so that the existing infrastructure can be utilised. “The key to maintaining today’s production level on the NCS towards 2020 is improved recovery from existing fields and fast and effective development of new fields,” says Øystein Michelsen, executive vice president for Development and Production Norway. “In order to implement these measures it is crucial that we secure a rig fleet which is adapted to suit the assignments and which can work more effectively.” A rig like this will be able to drill and do well completions in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea throughout the year. “The goal is that the new rig will drill 20% more effectively than conventional rigs,” says Jon Arnt Jacobsen. “This will help to counteract the cost trends in the rig market.” Plans call for the contract to be awarded in the third quarter of 2011 and the rigs to be delivered in the second half of 2014.

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