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    The Most Advanced Drilling Rig Delivered In CIMC Raffles  date:2017-02-13

    On Feb 13th,  “Bluewhale 1”, the most advanced ultra-deep-water semisubmersible drilling rig, built by Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limted (referred to as “CIMC Raffles”), was named and delivered in Yantai. As the first turnkey project in Chinese offshore ultra deepwater field, “Bluewhale 1” will be operated by CPOE together with Bluewhale to carry out the offshore energy exploration.


    CIMC Raffles takes responsibilities from procurement, production, commissioning and final delivery construction in this project. Adopted the Frigstad D90 basic design, “Bluewhale 1”is equipped with DP3 dynamic positioning system and classed by DNV. With the operational depth up to 3.658 meters and drilling depth to 15,240 meters, “Bluewhale 1”can be operated in all global water areas. Compared with traditional drilling rig, “Bluewhale 1” increases efficiency by 30% and saves 10% fuel energy consumption as well.


    Consecutively awarded by 2014 “World Oil” as “Best Drilling Technology Award” and 2016 OTC “Best Design Highlights”, “Bluewhale 1” was praised by Prime Minister Li Keqiang at the "China Equipment Manufacturing Exhibition" held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May 2015.

    As the ninth deep-water semisubmersible drilling rig delivered by CIMC Raffles, “Bluewhale 1” enhances the bulk delivery capability of CIMC Raffles and cultivates a qualified management and construction team. CIMC Raffles will continue assisting the national deep-water strategy to provide more high-qualified and advanced equipment for the offshore energy exploration.