During the first quarter of 2015 Geo Therm Ltd completed the task of retro-fitting #240 CorDEX infrared inspection windows to various HV Transformers and distribution equipment on board the drillship the Pacific Khamsin. A team of 2 engineers/surveyors left the UK for Nigeria to carry out the works and to follow up the retro-fit with a IR survey utilising the newly fitted CorDEX windows. Both the retro-fit and survey were completed within the specified timeframe and on budget. The Pacific Khamsin ultra-deepwater drillship is currently working offshore Nigeria for the oil giant Chevron on a two-year contract.
The infrared windows are retro-fitted into high voltage equipment to permit a safe line of sight into internal energised equipment to detect overheating components. The retro-fit also prevents the need to remove panel covers without the need to shut systems off, this optimises safety, survey thoroughness and return of investment.
The Pacific Khamsin features dual load path capability and dual drilling fluid systems, is capable of operating in water depths of up to 12,000 feet and drilling wells up to 40,000 feet deep. The drillship was delivered in September 2013 from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea and has a DNV Classification and an IMO #9623324. At this time Pacific Drilling’s fleet of eight ultra-deepwater drillships represents one of the youngest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world. The company currently operates six drillships and has two drillships under construction at Samsung.