It should have been completed and in use by next year. Instead, the Norwegian drilling rig Deepsea Aberdeen has sunk to the bottom of the sea off the coast of the shipyard in South Korea where it was built, according to several media. Offshore.no reports that the rig - worth approx. USD 645 million - is not completely covered by water, as the rig stands at a depth of merely 20 meters. The accident allegedly occurred because one of the rigs pontoons began to take on water.
"I can confirm that this is an important delivery for us, and that we've worked to have the rig delivered and operational according to schedule. We will of course be affected by this incident, though it's still too early to say how significant the consequences of this will be," press spokesman Gisle Johanson of Odfjell Drilling, which ordered the rig, tells newspaper Bergen Tidende.