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China’s self-developed drilling platform finishes deep-sea test

By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online)    17:28, November 01, 2017

China’s self-developed semi-submersible drilling platform A5000 recently finished deep-sea testing, marking the country’s further improvement in the manufacturing of high-end drilling equipment.

The drilling platform was manufactured by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.

Starting from late September, the platform has passed all the examinations in six propelling systems, dynamic positioning system, unmanned engine room, and 11,000 alarm points at Dayaowan area of the Bohai Sea. It returned 20 days later on Oct. 20.

The A5000 is 104.5 meters in length, 70.5 meters in width, and 105.8 meters in height. As the world’s most advanced drilling platform, it can drill to a maximum depth of 9,144 meters at an operation depth of 1,500 meters.

Through technological innovation, the installed capacity of the platform has been expanded by 20% without additional cost. Wind-resistant performance has also been largely improved.

“Now we are able to develop the whole platform through our own technologies,” said Wang Housheng, project engineer of the A5000 platform.

After wrapping up, the drilling platform will be sent to conduct deep-sea operations.

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