OSLO Dec 28 A rig under construction at a
Daewoo shipyard in South Korea, ordered by Norway's Odfjell
Drilling and intended for use by BP, sank on
Saturday, a contractor who had staff working on board at the
time of the accident told Reuters.
The incident was at a shipyard owned by Daewoo Shipbuilding
and Marine Engineering (DSME) off Geoje Island on
the south coast.
"The rig has sunk and lies on the seabed by the quay. It is
not submerged," said Tor Henning Ramfjord, chief executive of
National Oilwell Varco Norway.
A spokesman for Daewoo, however, described the accident as
minor. He said the rig had tilted slightly due to a problem with
a drainpipe at the bottom, which was being repaired.
There were no immediate reports of injuries. It was unclear
how many staff were on the rig, Deepsea Aberdeen, at the time of
The rig was to be used by BP for drilling at the
Schiehallion and Loyal fields in British waters, BP said on its
Ramfjord said 38 employees of his company were on the rig at
the time of the accident. All were safe, he said.
A spokesman for Odfjell Drilling also said the rig had sunk.
"Water seeped into the hull of a rig we ordered from DSME in
South Korea. The hull is now at the bottom of the dock," Odfjell
Drilling spokesman Gisle Johanson told Norwegian public
All Odfjell Drilling employees were safe, he said.