Noble selects Sonardyne emergency BOP control system for Noble Globetrotter II

Posted on 29 August 2012

The Noble Globetrotter II is of similar design to its sister vessel, the Noble Globetrotter I. The vessel is due to begin work in the Gulf of Mexico in the second half of 2013.

Sonardyne International Ltd has been awarded a contract by Noble Corp to supply a wireless acoustic emergency BOP control system for its new deepwater drillship.  The Noble Globetrotter II is the fifth Noble newbuild vessel, along with other existing rigs, to be equipped with Sonardyne’s safety critical acoustic technology, providing through-water wireless communications, positioning and BOP control in an emergency situation.

The Noble Globetrotter II is currently en route to the Netherlands for tower and drilling system installation and, once complete, will be capable of drilling in water depths up to 10,000 ft. The vessel is due to begin work in the Gulf of Mexico in the second half of 2013 on long-term contract to Shell.

In the event of loss of normal communications with a BOP stack, Sonardyne’s self-contained, high-security acoustic command and control backup system is used to execute emergency shutdown and riser disconnect procedures. The digital wideband acoustic signal technology incorporated into the supplied system has been proven to offer reliable performance in a well blowout scenario despite intense noise pollution from a ruptured wellhead that would have severely limited the performance of an analogue acoustic BOP system.

“The redundancy of the equipment chosen for the Noble Globetrotter II means that they will be able to reliably communicate with the BOP from either the rig or remotely from a standby vessel if the need ever arises,” said Ted Kenny, business development manager of subsea control systems at Sonardyne.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 05 March 2015

    Pacific Drilling becomes first drilling contractor to receive COS SEMS certification

    Pacific Drilling has become the first drilling contractor to complete the requirements to receive a Center for Offshore Safety (COS) SEMS Certificate...

  • 04 March 2015

    New MWD/LWD service rated to 392°F, 25,000 psi sets records in Haynesville

    Sperry Drilling, a Halliburton business line, has set field records with the Quasar Pulse Service, the only M/LWD service capable of operating in harsh environments up to 392°F...

  • 03 March 2015

    Kosmos Energy finds hydrocarbons in CB-1 exploration well offshore Western Sahara

    Kosmos Energy announced that the CB-1 exploration well located in the Cap Boujdour permit area offshore Western Sahara encountered hydrocarbons. The well penetrated...

  • 02 March 2015

    Maersk Voyager drillship secures contract for work offshore Ghana

    Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract from Eni Ghana Exploration and Production, an Eni subsidiary, for employment of the newbuild drillship Maersk Voyager...

  • 02 March 2015

    Wisco Moran debuts Padwise 1 walking rig in Texas

    The trend among drilling contractors to install walking systems on rigs has solved a major logistical problem for operators on multiwell pads – negating the need for costly...

  • Read more news