Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU)

Definition - What does Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) mean?

Mobile Offshore Drilling Units are units that are modified or designed to be used in the exploration and drilling operations of oil and gas. These are large vessels that carry out the operation of exploring and exploiting of natural resources found deep below the sea-bed. They include semi-submersibles, drilling vessels, jackups, submersibles and ultradeepwater units, etc. Most of the offshore exploration wells, deepwater wells and development wells are drilled using these units.

Petropedia explains Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU)

Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, (MODU) are vessels that are deployed in drilling activities for the exploration of natural resources deep beneath the sea-bed. These natural resources include gaseous or liquid hydrocarbons, salt or sulfur. Various types of MODU have been made over time and they differ in size, type and efficiency of the offshore units.

Fixed platform rigs, barge-shaped Rigs, conventional-ship, jackups, tender assist drilling, semi-submersibles, submersibles and ultradeepwater units are the types of MODU. These types of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units are manufactured and installed based on the economical, technical, safety and governmental requirements of the drilling operations.

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