The Oil Rig Drilling 10 Miles Under The Sea

13 Nov 2017   Offshore

Final sea trials for the Blue Whale II underwater drilling rig are now underway , according to the technology’s producer, CIMC Raffles, marking a new milestone drilling rig developments. The Blue Whale I model, completed back in February, and its newer sibling, Blue Whale II, represent the most advanced offshore drilling rigs in the world – ready to tackle water depths of 12,000 feet and drill to a depth of 50,000 feet while extracting fossil fuels. The Blue Whale I was used to drill methane hydrate from the South China Sea in recent weeks on behalf of the China National Petroleum Corporation. The nearly $1 billion platform is as tall as a 37-story building, the largest oil platform in the world . Gas hydrate , methane hydrate in particular, is a cage-like structure of crystallized ice, inside of which are trapped molecules of methane, the chief constituent of natural […]

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