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Polar Pioneer Upgraded at Norway Shipyard

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Transocean’s semisubmersible Polar Pioneer was headed back offshore in July following a more than three-month, $100 million upgrade and commissioning at Bergen Group’s Hanøytangen yard. The 24-year-old rig is now in top condition for client StatoilHydro as it begins a new assignment.

PolarPioneer2With a 30-member Transocean project team and about 2,400 workers (sometimes 800 per day), the rig was equipped with a new deck crane, driller’s cabin and mud mixing facility, and there was a major change out of piping, including the steam system, hydraulics and cooling water. The control system was modified and new rectifiers were installed, and the entire external hull was painted.

And no rest for the weary! Next up: The Transocean Arctic comes in for similar upgrades and repairs late this summer.

 

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