Transocean Wildcat Goes In For Repairs

The Aker H-3 semisubmersible Transocean Wildcat, currently working for Statoil offshore Norway is being taken in for repairs. This follows the discovery of cracking in the hull of the rig which has been drilling on the Gullfaks satellites project in the North Sea.

The cracks, which have formed in the horizontal bracings, were revealed during an annual routine inspection by Det Norske Veritas in late October. They have subsequently been checked twice daily without showing signs of further propagation, reports Hermod Johansen, resource utilization manager for the Gullfaks satellites.

Transocean Sedco Forex, in consultation with Statoil, has halted further drilling work until the damage has been repaired. This is expected to take about 14 days. The rig will then return to Gullfaks to continue the drilling program, which covers just over 30 wells. Work on a gas producer has just been completed.