Nobody appreciates a rude awakening, where one is left feeling cranky and unprepared for the day, and believe it or not, it's exactly the same for a modern drilling rig!
Whether she rises and shines or remains cranky and difficult depends on the processes and sequences employed in her waking, and with a significant number of the world’s rig fleet snoozing it goes without saying that the people tasked with the waking need to know what they’re doing!
Today’s high specification drilling assets are complex, driven by the most sophisticated integrated systems, the asset is packed full of programmable logic controllers, hundreds of digital control switches, thousands of command modules, miles of cyber networking plus state of the art dynamic positioning systems and much, much more. Before pressing buttons to begin the intricate reactivation sequences and protocols, consideration must be given to moisture ingress and corrosion build up, as well as the effect of any software updates which may have occurred during the stacked period.
When it comes to the more obvious mechanical elements there’s equally a long list of checks to verify that all critical equipment will operate exactly as expected. Hydraulic systems are checked for contamination or chemical deterioration, engines and gears are examined for corrosion, wear and damage as well as being checked for tensioning and torque. Every aspect of operation and safety is considered so as to ensure that when the rig finally rises it’s operational performance shines!
Across the globe ADC Rig Intake and Reactivation Services have been busy helping rigs rise and shine from Malaysia to Vietnam, Europe and the UK to the Americas. Our newly opened Houston office has recently been working in the Gulf of Mexico on an ultra deepwater drilling and development Semisubmersible bound for a new drilling campaign.
ADC’s role was to inspect and witness the reactivation of the rig to ensure all critical equipment was fully functional, operational and fit for purpose prior to operations. Our reactivation team comprising of specialist engineers in mechanical, electrical and hydraulic disciplines, as well as engineers with specialist training in advanced rig technology and cybersecurity were deployed to ensure that complex automated controls systems and software functions operated as designed following the reactivation process.
Commenting on this recent project, Austin Hay President of ADC Americas said: “ADC’s Rig Intake and Reactivation Services' reputation throughout Europe and the Far East is second to none, and with the opening of our Houston office we are now able to deliver these and our other extensive Rig Inspection services to clients throughout the Americas in a truly local, time zone specific way, a factor which was significant in winning this important piece of business and one which I’m sure will prove influential in the future.”
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