Valaris drillship gains first ever ABS Enhanced Electrical System Notation

Ultra-deepwater drillship Valaris DS-12 has become the first vessel in the world to receive the ABS Enhanced Electrical System Notation EHS-E. Owner Valaris upgraded the vessel’s electrical system to secure the notation, which recognises sophisticated system design to improve reliability and enhance protection. The ship’s electrical system is specifically designed to allow the drillship to optimise powerplant performance, enabling operations on fewer generators and reducing emissions.

Ultra-deepwater drillship Valaris DS-12 has become the first vessel in the world to receive the ABS Enhanced Electrical System Notation EHS-E. Owner Valaris upgraded the vessel’s electrical system to secure the notation, which recognises sophisticated system design to improve reliability and enhance protection. The ship’s electrical system is specifically designed to allow the drillship to optimise powerplant performance, enabling operations on fewer generators and reducing emissions.

“It is great to see Valaris become the first to secure this notation, which recognises their commitment to sustainable operations and investment in advanced electrical systems to increase efficiency. As the world’s leading global offshore Class, ABS is well placed to help forward thinking operators such as Valaris achieve next generation operations,” said Matt Tremblay, ABS Vice President, Global Offshore.

“With this enhanced notation, Valaris DS-12 exemplifies our company’s purpose of providing responsible solutions that deliver energy to the world. I want to recognize our engineers, ABS and thank our customer, BP, for their support. This is truly a remarkable team achievement that paves the way to more sustainable deepwater drilling,” said Gilles Luca, Valaris Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

ABS has surveyed the upgraded system and tested it to ensure it can operate on reduced generator power. The short circuit and fault ride through capability was demonstrated on board the vessel with ABS in attendance.

The EHS-E notation was introduced in the ABS Guide for Dynamic Positioning Systems in October 2021.

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