World's Largest Offshore Drilling Contractor Standardises on FLIR

Conditioned based monitoring using FLIR Systems infrared cameras has become a standard for the European and African (EAU) operation of Transocean Inc. Last year the company provided each of its rigs with their own FLIR Systems camera and now as a result of the merger between Transocean and GlobalSantaFe Corporation, this technology is being investigated for implementation on the remaining legacy GSF rigs, to ensure standardisation of equipment across the region's combined fleet of 57 rigs.

Transocean Inc. is now the world's largest offshore drilling contractor with 146 rigs worldwide. Its mobile offshore drilling fleet, consisting of a large number of high-specification deepwater and harsh environment drilling units, is considered one of the most modern and versatile in the world. This is due to the company's emphasis on technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business.

The merger with GlobalSantaFe enhances Transocean's high-end floater fleet and includes five newbuild ultra-deepwater units. It also strengthens the company's position in the worldwide jack-up market especially in the Middle East, West Africa and the North Sea.

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The smooth running of all EAU assets from a maintenance point of view is one of the responsibilities of Bob Speirs, an operations engineer with considerable infrared experience. As the business unit's condition monitoring specialist his job is to ensure that each rig has its own FLIR Systems infrared camera and that it is used to maximum effect.

"We are currently integrating the condition monitoring strategies of the two legacy companies," Bob Speirs explains. "It's a steady process but we're now asking our teams to extend the scope of their infrared inspections. They are taking in a lot more mechanical applications into the process and in particular power transmission systems."

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