Smedvig has taken delivery of the drilling rig West Venture from the Japanese yard Hitachi Zosen. Since 20 November last year, West Venture has been under completion at the Coast Center Base outside Bergen, Norway. The fifth generation semi-submersible drilling rig West Venture is one of the most advanced drilling rigs ever built. The rig belongs to the new generation of drilling units focusing on a broader range of use, decreased dependence on frequent supplies, higher capacity and drilling efficiency, improved safety and working environment as well as emphasis on reducing discharge of materials into the environment.
The unit will increase drilling efficiency by more than 20 per cent compared to fourth generation units. The rig will be particularly well suited for drilling in deeper waters and harsh environments. Key features include high deck loads and storage capacities, which will render the rig less dependent on logistic support.
West Venture is equipped with dual derrick and dynamic positioning system as well as a fully automated drill floor. Design of West Venture was developed by Smedvig, in cooperation with Norsk Hydro. Total construction time for the rig is 36 months and total cost at delivery is approximately USD 340 million.