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AVEVA World Magazine 2014 #2

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The PROXIMA Project How AVEVA Marine is enabling Fincantieri to develop an innovative drillship to set new records in ultra-deepwater oil production Fincantieri, the Italian shipbuilding giant, selected AVEVA Marine software to develop an innovative, efficient drillship design that will take deep water drilling to record depths. The new Fincantieri vessel, named PROXIMA, can drill up to 3,657 metres (11,998 feet) of water depth, reaching a total drill depth of 15,240 metres (50,000 feet), which far surpasses the 12,192 metres (40,000 feet) capability of most advanced drillships currently in operation. PROXIMA is the answer to the market's need for high drilling capabilities and superior safety performance in deeper and complicated wells in remote areas. As well as achieving new depths, PROXIMA has extended operational time, heavier and larger diameter casings, and control of the kick-back in high pressure. In recent years the upstream financial returns achieved by the major oil producers have dropped significantly, so the reduction of operating costs is also a key requirement for the design and engineering of any new drilling vessel. Fincantieri has risen to this challenge with an innovative design that achieves both objectives, as well as increasing the safety on board. 'PROXIMA represents a real step change for the offshore industry,' said Giuseppe Coronella, Executive Vice President, Offshore, Fincantieri. 'Its design reflects the needs of an ever more demanding market which must exploit ever deeper offshore opportunities. This is only possible through superior drilling capabilities, so PROXIMA has been conceived to increase both performance and profitability for our clients.' continued... AVEVA World Magazine 2014 | Issue 2 p38

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