Daewoo Shipbuilding Turns to Rockwell for Offshore Drilling Safety

Sept. 5, 2013
Rockwell Automation will provide a fully integrated safety solution for four new Transocean drill ships.

As one of the world’s largest offshore drilling contractors, Transocean is an important customer to South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). In its efforts to provide a fully integrated safety solution in its deliveries of drill ships and rigs to Transocean, DSME has turned to Rockwell Automation for an order in excess of $6.7 million.

Following on from a more than $6 million order for four new offshore drill ships in 2011, DSME is now contracting with Rockwell for four new Transocean drill ships, with options for six more ships. Rockwell will provide its PlantPAx Integrated Control Power and Safety Solution with the AADvance process safety system.

DSME is counting on Rockwell to improve system availability and enhance the safety systems for offshore applications. “We’re confident that Rockwell Automation will deliver and commission integrated information, control, power and safety systems needed to complete this important project for Transocean, based on their expertise to design, develop and deliver automation systems for the offshore industry,” said a DSME spokesperson.

“Our experience and domain expertise in the oil and gas industry, as well as our global engineering resources, will help DSME and Transocean develop and maintain productive, safe and sustainable operations,” said Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager for Rockwell Automation Global Solutions.

Deliveries are scheduled for early 2014. All key solutions are scheduled for completion by June 2014 for the first vessel, and by October 2015 for an additional three vessels.

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