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Floating drilling "Gazprom fleet" reached the points of well construction in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk

Semi-submersible floating drilling rigs (Polar Star) and Northern Lights have arrived at planned drilling sites in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, Gazprom fleet LLC (Gazprom's subsidiary) said. Transition of installations from the port of basing was carried out as a part of a towing caravan using transport-towing vessels.

It is reported that the caravan reached the point of construction of wells on time. Upon arrival, the positioning of the SSBU was performed in accordance with the coordinates of the planned wells and ballasting of the units to the working draft. Based on the results of the commissioning commission's test, the units are fully prepared for well construction.

Polar Star and Northern Lights are self-propelled marine installations of catamaran type with two pontoons and six stabilizing columns supporting the upper structure, the length of which is 85 m, the width is 73 m. The height to the top of the tower is 128 m. The bases of the rigs were built on Vyborg shipyard, the upper superstructure was made by Samsung Heavy Industries. They were supposed to be used for the development of the Shtokman field on the shelf of the Barents Sea, but the plans for the development of the Shtokman field were transferred, and the platforms from 2013 worked on the shelf of Sakhalin.
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