Transocean deploys world’s first hybrid semi-submersible rig

Transocean has announced that is has deployed the world’s first hybrid energy storage system aboard a floating drilling unit. The system is now operational on 2009-built semi-submersible rig Transocean Spitsbergen, currently operating at the Snorre field in Norway for Equinor.

Transocean’s hybrid power technology reduces fuel consumption and captures energy generated during normal rig operations by storing it in batteries. The energy is then used to power the rig’s thrusters.

Transocean says the system targets a 14% reduction in fuel use during normal operations.

Jeremy Thigpen, president and CEO of Transocean, commented: “This first of its kind hybrid power upgrade will further enhance the reliability of our operations, while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption, operating costs and our environmental footprint.”

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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