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27 November 2013
New 'state of art' drilling rig arrives in Cromarty Firth

The world's newest jack-up drilling rig arrived in the Cromarty Firth today following a two-month journey from its construction shipyard in Dalian, China.

Called a 'cyber drilling rig' by BBC Scotland, the jack-up rig features one of the most advanced fully-automated drilling systems in the world (think 'joysticks' and 'touch screens') and cost more than US $200 million. At 231 feet by 250 feet the rig’s platform is the size of four Olympic swimming pools. Fully jacked-up its height is almost 775 ft.

Prospector 1 has been transported on Dockwise’s heavy lift vessel, the Talisman. It will be floated off the vessel over the next two to three days before being jacked-up in the Cromarty Firth. It will spend the next four weeks in the deepwater port while its 140-strong crew continues an intensive training programme. It will then travel to the Central North Sea to commence operations for Total E&P UK Ltd. in 2014.

Details from oilvoice.com and BBC Scotland News