|Tam Đảo 05 offshore jack-up oil rig. - Photo baochinhphu.vn|Viet Nam News
BÀ RỊA-VŨNG TÀU – The Tam Đảo 05 offshore oil rig, the largest locally manufactured jack-up rig, was launched on Friday at an inauguration and handover ceremony in the southern Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province.
Financed by the Việt Nam-Russia Oil and Gas Joint Venture (Vietsovpetro) and manufactured by PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard JSC (PV Shipyard), the oil rig has the IU-2000E model of the American firm Friede & Goldman Ltd.
The 120m jack-up rig weighs almost 18,000 tonnes and can drill to a depth of 9km.
The US$230 million rig, measuring 70.4m in length, 76m in width and 9.5m in height, can withstand storms of above level 12.
The rig’s construction began in March 2013 and was completed after 32 months of work.
Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng said the development of the oil mechanical manufacturing industry would help to stimulate the growth of related sectors.
The manufacture of Tam Đảo 05, with 40 per cent of components made locally, also demonstrated Việt Nam’s capacity in manufacturing oil rigs, he said.
He said PV Shipyard and the domestic oil manufacturing mechanics sector should expand their reach to foreign markets.
PV Shipyard has also built the first made-in-Việt Nam jack-up rig, Tam Đảo 03, weighing nearly 12,000 tonnes. The platform, including a helicopter deck, can drill up to 6km.
In addition, PV Shipyard upgraded the Tam Đảo 02 oil rig for Vietsovpetro in October 2014.
Việt Nam is one of several countries that can manufacture jack-up rigs. -- VNS