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Diamond Offshore develops Floating Factory drillship concept using lean manufacturing principles

By Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor  As part of its efforts to lower offshore drilling costs, Diamond Offshore has developed the Floating Factory drillship concept. The rig features a Huisman drill tower, a dual mud pit system and 50% more rig space than typical sixth-generation drillships, James Hebert, Director of Operations and Technical Support for Diamond Offshore, said. “We all agree that we need to reduce well delivery times and improve the economics to try to drive the costs of offshore development,” Mr Hebert said in a presentation on 14 March at the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference The Hague, The Netherlands. “We’re trying to take a step back from how we previously looked at rig designs and trying to see what we ...

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