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Cat C280-16 generator sets with an increased power rating have been selected by Jurong Shipyard, to power West Rigel drill rig.
The West Rigel is a semisubmersible drilling rig newbuild under construction for North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NATDF), a subsidiary of Seadrill Limited (SDRL). Eight C280-16 generator sets, each with rated power of 5,500 ekw (5,730 bkw @ 900 rpm), will be used as the main power for the semisubmersible rig, with two of the generator sets serving as emergency power as well. The C280 has a stellar reputation in the oil and gas industry as a trusted provider of power for decades. The new uprate provides a 12% increase in overall power.
Key Cat product differentiating features such as a smaller footprint and higher power density in comparison to similar medium speed engines in the market, were key considerations in Jurong Shipyard’s decision to use the C280-16 generator set for its first Moss Maritime designed CS60 semisubmersible newbuild. Additionally stellar collaboration and strong support by Cat dealer Tractors Singapore Limited (TSL) cemented the selection of Cat power solutions for the project.
Scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2015, this new ultra-deepwater harsh-environment semisubmersible rig, will be built for a water depth rating of 10,000 feet and a maximum drilling depth of 40,000 feet.
The C280-16 generator sets will be delivered in the third quarter of 2013.