CIMC Raffles has started the construction of the semi-submersible drilling rig Beacon Pacific for Beacon Pacific Group Ltd., at its Yantai Shipyard, in China.
According to the press release, the rig is based on GM4-D design and CIMC Raffles has cooperated with Global Maritime on the basic design and owns 80% intellectual property right.
CIMC says that Beacon Pacific can be operated in the harsh-environmental areas like Norwegian North Sea and the Barents Sea with working depth up to 500m, drilling depth up to 8,000m, working temperature to -20℃ and DP3 dynamic positioning system and 8-point mooring system. It is satisfied with NORSOK standards and DNV GL latest specifications.
In the first quarter of 2015, COSLPromoter delivered by CIMC Raffles, was awarded as “Rig of the Quarter” by Statoil.
Beacon Pacific is the 7th North Sea semi-submersible drilling rig of CIMC Raffles and also the 15th deepwater semi-submersible rig built by CIMC Raffles. It will be delivered at the end of 2017.