11 November 2011

The construction of jack-up drilling rig «ARCTIC» is finished

On November 9, during the visit of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Severodvinsk was solemnly signed the act bringing readiness self-elevating floating drilling rig for the development of heavy-duty offshore (jack-up drilling rig) «Arctic» to move into the port.

The document, which marks the completion of the rig «Arctic», signed by General Director of JSC «Center for Ship repair «ZVEZDOCHKA» Vladimir Nikitin and Deputy Chairman of OAO «Gazprom» Alexander Ananenkov. The ceremony was also attended by First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, General Director of JSC «United Shipbuilding Corporation» Roman Trotsenko, General Director of LLC «Gazflot» Yuri Shamalov.

REP Holding takes a significant part in the construction of the facility. Holding has undertaken the production and supply of electrical power system equipment rig, as well as automated control system technical means of jack-up rig. The area of responsibility includes ACS of about 50 systems, including ACS of drilling for fire and explosion prevention, fire extinguishing systems, control of diesel generators, ventilation and air conditioning systems and other vital systems. Electrical Distribution equipment of REP Holding boosts the supply and distribution of electricity to customers, management mechanisms and motors.

This equipment has been manufactured and delivered by REP Holding in 2006; commissioning work has been done since 2009. In order to implement this project more than 20 employees of the Holding Company have been training and qualification to be eligible to work offshore. At the moment, by the specialists of the production units of the Nevsky Zavod electrical equipment controlling and ACS of the Institute of Energy Engineering and Electrical Engineering (IEMET) and the staff of the Department for chief –of- installation and start-up for the 90% has been completed the commissioning of the supplied equipment. Most of the systems delivered to the customer and taken into operation.

In July 2011, employees of the Holding Company took part in the running test of the platform that took place in the White Sea harbor area. During the test different kinds of work were carried out: verify the functionality of towing and anchoring devices, supporting and lifting devices and machinery, power plants, a complex of aviation facilities and other general ship systems. Tests were conducted both afloat and on the rig with the statement of support.

At present time the jack-up drilling rig is prepared for transportation to their permanent home - the port of Murmansk, where the work will be performed in the commissioning of drilling equipment. Transportation of «Arctic» in Murmansk is scheduled for the third decade of November.

We can confidently say that the experience and positive reputation of REP Holding will afford its future active participation in development projects of the sea shelf of Russia.

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