Belfast Telegraph

Belfast dock bids farewell to mammoth rig

By Rachel Martin

It's been a feature of the Belfast docklands for over two years but the Borgny Dolphin oil rig will be leaving Belfast for good - despite no work being completed on it.

The 40-year-old self-propelled rig will be heading to Turkey to be scrapped.

Borgny Dolphin was moored in Belfast in 2014 after its last drilling contract ended early. The equipment weighs a gigantic 567 tonnes - the equivalent of around 420 cars, 45 Routemaster buses or four blue whales - and the rig even includes its own helipad.

It is owned by Dolphin Drilling, an international drilling company with bases in Norway, Aberdeen, Brazil and Singapore and one of the longest established independent drilling contracting companies in the world.

Borgny Dolphin was built in 1977 in Finland and later upgraded at several intervals in the 1980s and '90s. It can operate at a water up to half a kilometre deep with a maximum drilling depth of 25,000 ft.

Meanwhile, an accommodation rig has also arrived in Belfast alongside Svanen, a crane ship used for building offshore windfarms.

Earlier this year, Blackford Dolphin sailed out of the harbour, after months of valuable re-fit work with Harland and Wolff.

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