GSP Shipyard announces the completion of GSP Uranus rig upgrade and reclassification project

March 7, 2014

GSP Uranus is a three legged self-elevating catilever drilling rig, designed by Marathon Le Tourneau, class 116-C, built in 1980 in Singapore Shipyard. The rig is able to operate in water depths of up to 335 ft, reaching a maximum drilling depth of 25,000 ft. The upgrade and reclassification project mobilized up to 400 Romanian professionals: naval steel fabrication professionals, pipe fitters, and welders. The shipyard team was reinforced with engineering graduates to fill in positions of engineering designers.

The USD 44 million project was carried out with 100% Romanian funding, the EximBank financing worth 30 USD million and GSP’s own funding worth 14 USD million. GSP Uranus upgrade and reclassification project aimed to extend the rig’s life and its market value, and was developed under the management of GSP Shipyard and ABS supervision and included repair works, upgrading works and certification (class and statutory certificates).

Euroned Engineering and Upetrom 1 Mai, members of UPETROM Group, have partnered up with GSP Shipyard within the GSP Uranus upgrade and reclassification project.

The MODU was taken over by the project team of GSP Shipyard in Lamjana, Croatia, where the first phase of the project was carried out, the rig being prepared there for transportation: in this phase there were conducted operations for shortening the rig’s legs from 135 to 105 meters, ensuring the safe crossing under the Bosporus bridges.

The works in GSP Shipyard in Agigea focused on the following work packages: overhaul and upgrade of the power management system, overhaul of the main and emergency generators, overhaul of the top drive, blow out preventers overhaul and upgrade with new preventers and hydraulic diverter, installation of the 3rd UPETROM 1 Mai mud pump 3PN 1600, 5000 PSI, of vacuum and atmospheric degassers, installation of the 4th shale shaker, installation of the Iron Roughneck NOV ST 80, installation of the new rotary table, building of the shale shakers’ compartment, fabrication and installation of the “0” Discharge and platform, fabrication of the Texas Deck, fabrication and installation of the platform for the new cementing and fracturing unit, construction and installation of the new driller’s cabin, cranes’ overhaul and certification, drilling winch overhaul, purchase and installation of davits for the new lifeboats, purchase and installation of two lifeboats and six rafts, steel works consisting in the replacement of 200 tons steel plate for the rig’s body, 100 tons special steel for the rig’s legs, replacement of the anti-corrosive system  and manufacture and installation of 40 tons steel structures, extension of the rig’s accommodation from 88 up to 100 pax and building of a new conference room, purchase and installation of the donkey boiler and construction of the connected facilities; manufacturing and installation of the “0” Pollution system, repair and certification of the heliport, purchase and installation of the gas and fire warning system, purchase and installation of the CCTV, temporary refuge, public address and radio equipment, and of the weather station. The project concluded with the rig’s certification (ABS class and statutory certificates).