Oil drilling platform in the Bay of Gibraltar

Oil drilling platform in the Bay of Gibraltar

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Oil drilling platform in the Bay of Gibraltar

Seen in the Bay Sunday 8th April, and sailing from Algeciras to Rotterdam, the Bahamas flagged Scarabeo 6 platform, a self propelled drilling platform owned by the company Saipem S.p.A. of Milan, Italy. It can accomodate 110 people in air conditioned quarters.

Scarabeo 6 is a semisubmersible self propelled drilling unit, six column stabilised, rated for operation in water depth up to 548 m. It consists of a main deck supported by 6 columns, 2 pontoons, 3 horizontal bracings, 8 upright diagonal bracings and 4 horizontal diagonal bracings.

Built in 1998 Scarabeo 6 has been upgraded to full capabilities to operate in compliance with the NPD/NMD Norwegian requirements.

The decks comprise the main pipe deck (570 sq.m), the riser deck (150 sq.m) and the aft deck (90 sq.m) which is suitable for handling subsea production and testing equipment.


The Scarabeo 6’s drilling equipment is designated to reach a vertical depth of 7,620 m in 548 m of water depth and is outfitted with a 1,400,000 lbs dynamic hook-load and a 650 tons (m) Maritime Hydraulic top drive. The large pipe rack area is suitable for storage and handling of 50 ft long riser joint.


The rig system is made with a high degree of redundancy. System have power supplies from redundant subsystems and may be controlled from alternative control stations. This arrangement reduces the possibility of total blackout and improves operability under emergency.

All pipings, such as cooling water, fuel oil, ballast, service air are, as far as possible, routed clear of hazardous areas.


The accommodation module is made with structural fire protection and provides a “safe haven” in the unlikely event of an emergency. The accommodation module is designed to accommodate 110 people with high level of comfort.


Drilling depth w/5” DP 7,620 m
Max. designed water depth capability: 548 m
Max. outfitted water depth capability: 548 m
Min. outfitted water depth capability: 46 m


4 EMD units, 2 x 12-645E9B (2,300 HP),
2 x 16-645E9B (2,900 HP), fitted with 4 AB20-6 EMD
generators 1,625 kVA, 600 V, 60 Hz

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