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Ultra-deepwater Drillship Contract for HHI

Rowan Companies exercises option to build a fourth GustoMSC P10,000 design ultra-deepwater drillship with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. The cost for this rig, including commissioning, project management and spares, but excluding capitalized interest, is estimated to be approximately $620 million, with delivery scheduled for March 2015. Rowan plans to equip its drillships with 2,000 feet of additional riser to enable operations in water depths up to 12,000 feet upon delivery.  Each drillship will also be equipped with a second BOP for minimizing non-productive time. The company will also incur operational training and personnel ramp-up costs in readying the drillships to commence well operations.  Expected costs for the additional riser, BOP and training and ramp-up costs will be approximately $75 million. Total cost for the Company's fourth drillship will be approximately six percent higher than the Company's first three drillships primarily due to equipment price increases and projected labor cost increases.  The agreement with HHI also includes an option for a similar fifth drillship exercisable in the fourth quarter of 2012, for delivery in the third quarter of 2015. The Rowan Renaissance is expected to be delivered in late 2013.  The second and third drillships are expected to be delivered in the second and fourth quarters of 2014, respectively.


DSME Wins New Drillship Order

DSME signed a contract with Atwood Oceanics, a U.S.-based ocean drilling company, for the construction of one drillship. This is the option of last year’s contract with a value of approximately $570 million and it will be delivered at the end of 2015. DSME and Atwood Oceanics also agreed in principle to an additional drillship contract. The newly ordered drillship is a DSME-12000 type drillship which was developed using DSME’s own technology


Dryships Acquires Remainder of Drilling Rig

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes and off-shore contract drilling services, announced today that it has closed the acquisition of the remaining 25% of the total issued and outstanding capital stock of Primelead Shareholders Inc. Primelead is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. Primelead’s principal assets include two owned and operational ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs


Pride's Deep Ocean Clarion Delivered

Photo courtesy ABS

Pride International recently dedicated its ABS-classed deepwater drillship Deep Ocean Clarion at Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. This is the second of four new drillships for the deepwater drilling contractor. Its sister ship, the ABS-classed Deep Ocean Ascension was delivered in February 2010 and has been deployed to the Gulf of Mexico. The 96,000 dwt Deep Ocean Clarion is capable of dual drilling activity and can drill in water depths of up to 12,000 feet


Rowan Contracts to Build Two Drillships

Rowan Companies.JPG

Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: RDC) announced today that a subsidiary has entered into turnkey contracts for the construction of two ultra-deepwater drillships with a cost of approximately $605 million each. The drillships will be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. ("HHI") at its Ulsan shipyard, and are expected to be delivered in late 2013 and mid-2014. Matt Ralls, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented


Rolls-Royce to Power High-tech Drillships

A Drillship: Photo credit Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce awarded contracts worth over £70-million to supply large thrusters for offshore drilling vessels. These latest orders, which include options for additional thrusters, are from a variety of customers who are expanding their drillship fleets and are driven by greater demand in oil and gas exploration in deep water and harsh conditions. These high specification drillships operate in dynamic positioning (DP) mode


Hyundai Heavy’s HiMSEN 4-Stroke Marine Engines Now for Drillships

Hyundai-HiMSEN 4-Stroke Medium Speed Engines

Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading marine engine manufacturer, today announced it won orders to supply HiMSEN marine engines for drillships for major offshore drilling companies including Noble Drilling Holding LLC., Diamond Offshore Drilling Ltd. The 98 HiMSEN engines, worth USD 150 million, will be installed in 15 drillships including 9 Hyundai Heavy ordered this year from the first half of 2012.


Korean Shipyard Gets Drillship Order from Diamond Offshore

Diamond Offshore announce fourth ultra-deepwater drillship order placed with Hyundai Heavy Industries Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. announce that a subsidiary, Diamond Offshore Drilling Limited, has entered into a turnkey contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for construction of a new ultra-deepwater drillship with delivery scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2014. Total cost, including commissioning, spares and project management


Maersk Drilling Takes Delivery of First of Four Ultra-Deepwater Drillships

Maersk Viking: Photo credit Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling informs it has taken delivery of its first ultra deepwater drillship, 'Maersk Viking', from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea. The new vessel has started its voyage to the US Gulf of Mexico where it will commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil. The owners explain that Maersk Viking is the first in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four drillships represent a total investment of USD 2


Ocean Rig Orders Kongsberg Offshore Simulator

Sophisticated integrated simulator suite for new training center (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. has chosen Kongsberg Maritime to supply an extensive offshore and navigation simulator package for a brand new training center. With a sophisticated integrated simulator suite, enabling specific operations and vessel team training, Ocean Rig’s new facility, is shaping up to become one of the world’s most advanced offshore training centers, Kongsberg Maritime said. Ocean Rig owns and operates two ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and nine


Aiming to Make Less Fuel Go Further: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Viking: Photo credit Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling says it is engaged in an energy efficiency project for its newbuilds together with Maersk Maritime Technology. The project involves an Energy Management System (MSPS), which uses KWH meters and/or data from the Power Management Switchboard to capture real time consumption on-board


Transocean's Chairman Designate 2015 Named

Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr.: Photo frame from video

Transocean Ltd. informs that at its recent Extraordinary General Meeting Merrill A. "Pete" Miller, Jr. was nominated as a director and the Board intends to designate him as vice-chairman, with the expectation that he will succeed present chairman Ian C. Strachan in due course.


Maersk Drilling Name Ultimate Ultra-deepwater Drillship

Naming ceremony Maersk Voyager: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling’s fourth ultra deepwater drillship has been named in a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea. Lene Berg, wife of Gregers Kudsk, Vice President in Maersk Drilling, named the drillship 'Maersk Voyager'.


Rolls-Royce Expands in the Canary Islands

Rolls-Royce announced it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, Canary Islands that it said will enhance the service capabilities of both parties to meet growing demand from rig and drillship owners. A new 1


ABS, DSME Partner on First LNG Fueled Drillship

Innovative LNG fueled drillship project will promote energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in offshore operations. ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has entered into a joint development project (JDP) with South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding


ESS Lands Second Contract with Dolphin Drilling

Bolette Dolphin

ESS Support Services Worldwide, part of Compass Group, has won a new, three-year contract, worth £10.5 million, to provide hotel and catering services to Dolphin Drilling Ltd. Aberdeen-based ESS has worked with Dolphin Drilling since 2007


Maersk Drilling Names First Female Director

Maersk Drilling has appointed Moira Ming Ying Li as Unit Director

  Maersk Drilling has appointed Moira Ming Ying Li as unit director for the Maersk Deliverer rig working for Chevron offshore Angola. She will assume her new role August 15, 2014. Moira is the first female unit director in Maersk Drilling.


DMW Completes Crane Acceptance Trials

Photo courtesy of DMW Marine Group

DMW Marine Group announced it has completed factory acceptance testing on four of its model M400.24A4 cranes with DNV OS E101 certification and type approval. The cranes are for installation on new drillships for a U.S. customer, DMW said


Seadrill Nets ExxonMobil Nigeria Job

Seadrill Nets ExxonMobil Nigeria Job

  ExxonMobil has signed up for a Seadrill newbuild drillship for work off West Africa for up to three years. The ultra-deepwater West Saturn, currently under construction in South Korea, will work for the US supermajor at the Erha North Phase 2 development off Nigeria


Maersk Drilling Q2 2014 Profit Dips

Ultra-deepwater rig: Photo Maersk

Maersk Drilling informs that in Q2 2014 it delivered a profit (NOPAT) of USD 117-m (USD 150-m). While the underlying operational performance remained strong with an operational uptime of 97% (96%), the decrease in profit of USD 33-m compared to Q2 2013 was mainly due to planned activities with


Transocean Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Ltd. today issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since July 16, 2014. The total value of new contracts since the July 16


Fogal Retires from Zentech After 57 Years in O&G

Bob Fogal, left, accepting congratulations from Ramesh Maini

Robert “Bob” “Sonny” Fogal, Jr., one of the icons in the offshore oil and gas industry, has decided to retire from front-line work as Zentech’s Director of Business Development.  Zentech’s President Ramesh Maini noted on August 28


Statoil Exploration Update

Maersk Developer (courtesy Statoil)

Statoil has completed the Martin well in US Gulf of Mexico and the Dilolo well in the Kwanza basin in Angola.   US Gulf of Mexico Statoil announces a small discovery in its Martin prospect located in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Statoil does not consider this to be a commercial


ABB to Deliver Power Solutions to Ocean Rig’s drillships

Ocean Rig Athena

  ABB, a global leader in power and automation technology, has secured an order to deliver total power solutions to Ocean Rig’s two seventh generation new integrated design mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) that is being built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) at Goeje shipyard in


Ophir Makes Equatorial Guinea Gas Find

Vantage Titanium Explorer drillship

Ophir Energy plc announced that the Silenus East-1 well in Block R, Equatorial Guinea has resulted in a new gas discovery. The Silenus East-1 well was drilled by the Vantage Titanium Explorer drillship within the thrust belt area of Block R






 
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