The Sleeping Giant Awakens

Kishorn Port Ltd has landed its first major contract

Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) will host a visit by the largest semi-submersible offshore drilling rig in the world, the Ocean GreatWhite. Owned by Diamond Offshore, a global offshore drilling contractor, the Ocean GreatWhite weighs in at 60,800 tonnes and is a 6th Generation Harsh Environment drilling rig capable of drilling down to 10,000m in 3,000m of water. With a draft of over 23 metres, the rig needs deep water for anchoring and Loch Kishorn provides the ideal sheltered conditions.

The Ocean GreatWhite has made her way from Singapore, via Las Palmas in the Canaries over the last 5 months assisted by the Alp Defender, a large ocean-going offshore supply vessel weighing in at 5600t. The rig is destined to start a drilling contract in the North Sea early in 2019. The Ocean GreatWhite will not be drilling whilst at Kishorn. During its station, it will be made ready for its drilling program with Ferguson Transport and Shipping providing marine agency and stevedoring support. This activity will provide a welcomed lift to the local economy.

Alasdair Ferguson, a Director of KPL, recently visited the rig in Las Palmas and commented “I couldn’t fail to be impressed by the sheer scale of the Ocean GreatWhite. We hope that the berthing and support to the rig at Kishorn will herald a new era of engagement in the oil and gas industry at Kishorn”

Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL), a joint venture between and Leiths (Scotland) Ltd and Ferguson Transport and Shipping was created in 2008 to promote the regeneration of the Kishorn Yard and dry dock as a major facility for the manufacturing of renewable energy components, decommissioning and support to the North Sea oil and gas sector.

Energy Voice are reporting that the Ocean GreatWhite has been selected for Siccar Point Energy’s upcoming Lyon exploration well west of Shetland, a prospect thought to hold around three trillion cubic feet of gas.


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