Eirik Raude Begins Sea Trials
Ocean Rig ASA is pleased to announce that the Company's second semisubmersible drilling rig, Eirik Raude, left the Irving Shipyard in Halifax this morning local time to commence a four week period of sea trials.
The rig will first undergo inclination testing followed by thruster and various system tests. These will be performed in sheltered waters. Eirik Raude will thereafter move offshore for the remainder of the testing program, which will be carried out close to the rig's first drilling location in deep water outside Nova Scotia.
Ocean Rig expects that Eirik Raude will complete the sea trials and start operations under the EnCana drilling contract in October this year.