Construction site of Tam Dao 05 (Source: VNA)
Ba Ria-Vung Tau (VNA) –A ceremony was held in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on December 13 to launch Tam Dao 05 offshore oilrig, the largest ever locally-manufactured jack-up rig.

Invested by the Vietnam-Russia Oil and Gas Joint Venture (Vietsovpetro) and manufactured by PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard JSC (PV Shipyard), the oilrig features the JU-2000E model of the American Friede & Goldman Ltd.

The 120-metre jack-up rig weighs almost 18,000 tonnes and can drill to a depth of 9 kilometres.

The 230 million USD rig, measuring 70.4 metres in length, 76.2 metres in width and 9.4 metres in height, can withstand storms of above level 12.

Following the launch, the remaining items of the construction, which began in October 2014, are expected to be completed in the next nine months before being handed over to the owner.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang TrungHai said the development of the oil mechanical manufacturing industry will help stimulate the development of related sectors.

The manufacturing of Tam Dao 05 with 46 percent of local content also demonstrates Vietnam’s capacity in manufacturing oilrigs, he said.

He suggested PV Shipyard and the domestic oil manufacturing mechanics sector expand their reach to foreign markets.

PV Shipyard also built the first made-in-Vietnam jack-up rig, Tam Dao 03, weighing nearly 12,000 tonnes. The platform, including a helicopter deck, can drill as deep as 6 kilometres.

In addition, PV Shipyard also successfully upgraded Tam Dao 02 oilrig for Vietsovpetro in October, 2014.-VNA