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Mating of First Frigstad D90 Unit

Yantai Raffles Shipyard has mated "Scarabeo 9"

On Thursday 17 December 2009, Yantai Raffles Shipyard in Yantai, China, completed the mating of the “Scarabeo 9” ultra deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig – the first unit to be built of the Frigstad D90™ design developed by Frigstad Engineering. Hundreds of guests gathered around the dry dock at the yard to witness the mating of “Scarabeo 9” as the 20,000 ton crane TAISUN had gently lowered the massive deck box weighing an impressive 16,000 metric tonnes successfully onto the hull. The lift of the deck box is the heaviest commercial lift ever recorded.

The contract for construction of the first Frigstad D90™ unit was signed in 2006, after Frigstad Discoverer Invest Limited (FDIL), at that time an affiliate of Frigstad Offshore, had secured the financing to build “SS Frigstad Oslo”, the world’s most powerful ultra deepwater rig. Listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in April 2007, FDIL was later that year acquired by the large Italian offshore service company, Saipem S.p.A, and the rig was renamed “Scarabeo 9”. With Saipem being a reputable international drilling contractor, this acquisition represented a quality stamp of the Frigstad D90™ rig design and the Frigstad Offshore organization.

Frigstad Offshore is managing the construction of "Scarabeo 9" until delivery of the unit to Saipem.

Harald Frigstad, the designer behind the Frigstad D90™ rig design and the chairman of Frigstad Engineering, said after the ceremony: “The mating of “Scarabeo 9” marks a major milestone for our company and the D90 design. We are proud to see full dimensions of the rig, which we believe will be the most capable and efficient semi-submersible rig ever constructed.”