Danish offshore project and engineering company Semco Maritime has received first orders for Semco Maritime Rig Projects at Invergordon, UK.
To remind, Semco Maritime has in January this year entered into a strategic partnership with Scottish Cromarty Firth Port Authority to establish a centre for rig upgrades at Invergordon in UK. The joint partnership offers customers a dedicated port facility at Invergordon, combining the project management, engineering experience of Semco Maritime with the marine expertise of Cromarty Firth Port Authority.
The first solid orders have now been awarded. In the course of the next months, Semco Maritime will complete various scopes of work on two Prospector Drilling jack-up rigs and Norwegian operated semi-submersible rig Songa Dee.
Two Prospector Drilling rigs
Rig operator Prospector Drilling has chosen Semco Maritime to complete final installations at Prospector 5, a new state-of-the-art jack-up drilling rig. Prospector 5 will see follow-up installation of client supplied equipment for the rig’s first assignment. Moreover, minor installation work is to be performed on another Prospector Drilling rig, Prospector 1.
The 112 by 80 meters wide Norwegian operated semi-submersible rig Songa Dee is now moored at the Invergordon facilities deep water quay Queens Dock, with various electrical, structural, mechanical and pipe-work scopes to be performed over the next 60 days.
Frank Hall, General Manager Semco Maritime UK:
“Songa Dee is a good example of the type of large rigs that Semco Maritime is able to handle at the deep water facilities at Invergordon. The three orders bode well for our ambition to be the preferred leading provider of rig upgrades in the North Sea region.”
As well as Songa Dee, the two Prospector Drilling rigs have arrived at Invergordon, and the Semco Maritime crew of approximately 60 rig upgrade specialists has started the work simultaneously at all three rigs.
Centre for rig upgrades
Semco Maritime says the promising start for the newly established Semco Maritime rig yard facility is, not least, a result of a successful and seamless cooperation with the Port of Cromarty Firth.
Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth:
“We are pleased to support Semco Maritime’s activities in Invergordon. The Port of Cromarty Firth is transforming, expanding and investing in facilities at Invergordon, particularly within logistics and agency services as well as new warehousing facilities, office buildings and expansion of laydown and storage areas.”
For more than 40 years, the Invergordon area in Northern Scotland has delivered engineering work and support for the North Sea’s energy sector. With its strategically important location and its position as Scotland’s deepest harbour, the port has handled more than 650 rigs through the years.