Semi-submersible drilling rig Songa Encourage suffered water ingress

Songa EncourageThe semi-submersible drilling rig Songa Encourage suffered water ingress in pumproom at Heidrun-field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The crew observed leak into the pumproom, but reacted accordingly and prevented worsening of the platform’s stability. The leak was stopped and the platform was stabilized. The accident was reported to the company and was initiated investigation. The leak occurred in bad weather conditions and heavy seas, which might be the root cause. During the minor incident the semi-submersible drilling rig Songa Encourage was not under operations and there was no danger for the stability or seaworthiness.

There were no injuries reported among the 79 crew members on board of the drilling rig. Also there is no report about water pollution.

The semi-submersible drilling rig Songa Encourage is DP-3 platform, designed for efficient year around drilling, completion, testing and intervention operations. It is equipped for up to 500 meters water depth, and the flexible design allows for future deepwater and arctic operations which can be implemented by minor upgrades. The rig was working under charter of Statoil. The rig Songa Encourage is 116.00 m and beam of 97.00 m.