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New Arctic Jackup Concept Uses Telescopic Legs to Drill

Extending the drilling season beyond the open water period in the Arctic is the primary driver behind a new jackup concept designed to operate in light ice conditions. The defining feature of the Arctic jackup is its telescopic leg that protects the drillstring from ice loads and is adjustable for depths down to approximately 50 m.

Developed at the University of Stavanger in Norway as part of a graduate thesis and presented in a technical paper at the 2014 Arctic Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, the hull of the jackup is ship-shaped and borrows from icebreaker technology to withstand hits from drift ice as it is transported to an Arctic drilling location.

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New Arctic Jackup Concept Uses Telescopic Legs to Drill

Trent Jacobs, JPT Senior Technology Writer

01 May 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 5

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