Photo: Valaris 120 rig; Source: Valaris

Investigation launched after North Sea rig crane collapse

An investigation has been launched into an incident on a Valaris-owned jack-up drilling rig, currently working for Chrysaor in the North Sea, following an incident involving the rig’s crane.

Valaris 120 rig; Source: Valaris

According to media reports, a crane on the Valaris 120 jack-up rig collapsed last Friday and images of the collapsed crane were shared on the Rig Worker’s Rant Facebook page.

In a statement sent to Offshore Energy Today, Chrysaor confirmed it was providing support to its contractor, Valaris, following an incident during operations in the J-Area in the early hours of Friday, February 14, 2020.

A spokesperson for Chrysaor said that no personnel were injured as a result of the incident, which occurred on board the Valaris 120 jack-up drilling rig.

Operations involving the Valaris 120 have been suspended, and an investigation into the circumstances of the incident has begun, the spokesperson concluded.

Offshore Energy Today has also reached out to Valaris seeking confirmation and further details on the incident. We will update the article should we receive any further details about the incident.

The Valaris 120 jack-up, built in 2013, has been working for Chrysaor since July 2017. The contract is scheduled to end in July 2022.

The Chrysaor-operated J-Area consists of Judy/Joanne, Jade, and Jasmine installations.

Judy and Joanne are located in Block 30/7a, Jasmine is a gas condensate field located in Blocks 30/6 and 30/7, and Jade is located in Block 30/2c in the UK Central North Sea.

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