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Shell appear to have “bet the farm” on backing Huisman’s “introduction to the drilling industry.” Four deepwater rigs dependent on new technology from a company with no track record in building drilling equipment….and the rigs are operated by Noble, who also played a starring role in Shell’s Arctic meltdown. Deepwater rigs are not widely available, so the potential impact on Shell’s Exploration and Production activities and long term viability if these rigs are not capable of operating as required is enormous. Four rigs recently ordered from Transocean as apparent replacements for the Bully and Globetrotter rigs will not be available for another 2-3 years…
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The first orders by Noble/Shell for the drilling equipment sets onboard their “Bully drill ships” and by Noble Drilling for the “Globetrotter” drill ships now also confirm our strong introduction to the drilling industry.
At Huisman, we continuously research and develop new concepts, engineering solutions and techniques which we believe add value to the market’s existing technologies. Our drilling equipment and our vessel layouts are typical examples of in-house designed concepts to provide our clients with the best possible technical solutions.
The HuisDrill 12000 is designed to offer a low cost and flexible alternative for drilling in ultradeep waters. The selection of our compact box type drilling tower instead of a conventional derrick allows for a significantly smaller sized vessel compared to other deepwater drillships of similar capacity. In addition, it offers improved operational efficiency as a result of the different equipment layout. Designing both vessel and equipment allows optimisation of the entire drilling unit. The result is a more compact drilling vessel compared to drill ships with equal capacities and therefore lower building costs and lower operational costs.