In September, IADC participated in a fascinating rig tour of Transocean’s Deepwater Conqueror. An offshore rig environment can be one of those “see it to believe it” situations — it often requires a first-hand experience for people to really understand what happens on an offshore rig. Rig tours are an impactful way to get a glimpse into our industry; they provide an opportunity to meet the crew members and witness the technologies and processes that are required to provide energy to the world.
Transocean’s Deepwater Conqueror is an ultra-deepwater dual-activity drillship with some impressive specs:
- Max Water Depth: 12,000 ft. (3,658 m) designed / 10,000 ft. (3,048 m) outfitted
- Max Drilling Depth: 40,000 ft. (12,192 m)
- BOP: 2×7 ram 18-3/4 inch x 15,000 psi BOP’s
- Hookload Capacity: 2,800,000 lbs. static hook load
- Top Drive: NOV TDX-1250 with a continuous torque output of 105,000 ft.-lbs.
- Thrusters: 6 right angle geared thrusters, 3 forward and 3 aft.
Thank you to Transocean for organizing the tour, and to industry partners Chevron and Bristow Group for facilitating an excellent event. We also appreciate everyone who participated – Representative Jerry Carl, industry leaders from Transocean and Chevron, and Mr. Wesley Hunt.