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Aker H-6 Drilling Rigs to Jotun

Published on 2006-06-27. Author : SpecialChem

Protective Coatings, Norway and Jotun U.A.E. Ltd. have both signed contracts for supplying coatings and coating advisory services to the new generation of Aker Kvaerner H-6 drilling rigs - the largest in the world.

This is a result of a very good team work and coordination between the two companies. Joint presentations have been given to the Aker site teams and the yards involved. The contracts signed are for 2 platforms with option of one or two additional rigs to be decided October this year. The value of the coating contract signed to date has an estimated value of USD3mill. The rigs will be the largest semi submersible rigs in the world and represents a very prestigious project for Jotun Coatings and Jotun Paints.

The platform is designed for exploration and development drilling of long reach horizontal wells of more than 10 000 m measured depth and for operations in water depths down to 3000 m in both hostile environment such as the North Sea and West of Shetland as well as in environmental conditions found in Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, Barents Sea, Canada and West African waters.

Aker H-6 Drilling Rigs to Jotun

The hull has a robust design suitable for operation in harsh environment at ambient temperatures down to -25°C, made up by 2 equal pontoons and 8 columns that are to be built in Dubai Dry Dock. The paint will be delivered from Jotun U.A.E. The coating system specified is 2 x 150 µm Jotacote Universal for under water corrosion protection.

The topside is to be built in Poland and Spain. The coating system specified is 1 x 60 µm Barrier, 1 x 200 µm Jotacote Universal Aluminium and 1 x 75 µm Jotaproof Topcoat in addition to several other high quality systems.

The Aker H-6 Drilling Rig will be assembled and commissioned at Aker Kvaerner's yard at Stord in Norway.

The project team in Dubai comprises Bjorn Tveitan, Joao Pereira and Mohamed Morgan. Intensive effort has resulted in securing the contract with Dubai Drydocks, knowing that the supplier for the Hull in Dubai Drydocks would have a preference for the topside. The Norwegian team comprised Egill W.Hansen, Bjarne Nesvik and Eirik Fahlvik.

Source: Jotun

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