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Maiden voyage awaits world's largest rig



The Blue Whale 2, the world’s largest MODU (Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit), is getting ready to depart on its maiden voyage.
The Blue Whale 2 has been designed and equipped for the recovery of natural gas hydrates.
(Image via CIMC).

Constructed by CIMC (China International Marine Containers), Blue Whale 2 began sea trials in July of this year, successfully completing them in August. Superseding its sister platform Blue Whale 1, the ultradeepwater rig is primarily designed and equipped for the recovery of natural gas hydrates and will be able to operate in 11,000 feet of water and drill to an unprecedented depth of 50,000 feet.

According to reports in The Maritime Executive, the first target of Blue Whale 2 is likely to be the offshore deposits of ‘fire ice’ (also known as methane hydrates) located in the South China Sea.

Chinese researchers aboard the Blue Whale 1 announced a successful trial well at a drill site in the South China Sea which produced a claimed average of 16,000 cubic metres a day of high quality gas. Now, Blue Whale 2 looks set to further exploit these reserves of methane hydrate, which to date represent a massive untapped energy resource.

The launch of the Blue Whale 2 represents yet a significant leap forward for China’s burgeoning Oil & Gas industry. As the Chinese state media said, the rig represents the “overall industrial strength and development direction of the country.”

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