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Transocean Provides Fleet Update Summary

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Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today issued a monthly fleet update summary covering only newly signed contracts, significant changes to existing contracts and changes to estimated out of service time of 60 days or more since our quarterly fleet status report dated April 14, 2011. Drilling rig status and contract information on the company's offshore drilling fleet has been condensed into a report titled "Transocean Fleet Status Report," which is available through the company's Web address at www.deepwater.com. The report can be accessed from the home page of the Web address by clicking on the Fleet Status Report link found in the tool bar.   SOURCE: Transocean Ltd  


Transocean Issues Update on Macondo Incident

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Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) announced today that an affiliate of BP plc on April 20, 2011 filed a cross-claim against Transocean entities in the existing Multi-District Litigation proceeding in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana for contribution pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Pursuant to an order of the court, co-defendants in a consolidated proceeding related to the Macondo well incident were required to file claims by April 20, 2011.


Petrobras 10000 Begins 10-Year Contract

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) announced that the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship Petrobras 10000 has commenced operations in Angola for a subsidiary of Petrobras under a 10-year drilling contract. Transocean has an agreement with the P&M Drilling International B.V. joint venture of Petrobras and Mitsui to acquire the rig under a 20-year capital lease contract. The Petrobras 10000 is one of 21 Ultra-Deepwater Floaters in the Transocean fleet


Transocean: Offer to Acquire 100% of Aker Drilling

The DEEPWATER CHAMPION is a double hull dynamically-positioned DPS class 3 dual activity Transocean / MSC Gusto P10000 Drillship with third load path capability (Source: Transocean.com)

Transocean Services AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN), announced an all cash voluntary offer for 100 percent of the shares of Aker Drilling ASA for NOK 26.50 per share. The Board of Directors of Aker Drilling has unanimously recommended that its shareholders accept the Offer. On August 14, 2011, Transocean entered into an irrevocable agreement with Aker Capital AS to acquire 41 percent of the outstanding shares of Aker Drilling through (a) the purchase


Shell Charters Four Transocean New Drillships

Transocean Ltd. awarded 10-year contracts for four newbuild dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships by Royal Dutch Shell (Shell). Shipyard delivery for the first drillship is scheduled for mid-2015. The remaining three drillships are expected to be delivered from the shipyard at approximately six-month intervals thereafter. After customer acceptance, the contracts are expected to commence in 2015 and 2016, contributing an estimated revenue backlog of $7


Transocean General Counsel Resigns

Transocean Ltd. announce Nick Deeming has resigned as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary. Mr Deeming resigned for personal reasons, and the company expressed its gratitude for his service. Effective immediately, Mr. Deeming's responsibilities as General Counsel will be assumed by Michael F. Munro, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, and David Schwab, Senior Associate General Counsel, Global Head of Dispute Resolution


Keppel to Build $195m jack-up rig for Transocean

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) secured a repeat order from Transocean Offshore Deepwater Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. (Transocean) for US$195 million. Following its order of two jack-up rigs from Keppel FELS on 17 February 2011, Transocean is exercising its option to build another high specification jack-up rig based on the KFELS Super B Class Bigfoot design for delivery in 3Q2013. Mr Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director of Keppel FELS said


Transocean: Agreement Reached on Deepwater Horizon Claims

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) announced that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve certain outstanding civil and potential criminal claims against the company arising from the April 20, 2010, accident involving the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of this resolution, a Transocean subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for negligent discharge of oil into the Gulf of Mexico


BP Denied $700M in Insurance from Gulf Spill

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that BP Plc cannot claim about $700 million in insurance that was carried by offshore driller Transocean Ltd to cover the blowout of BP's Macondo well in 2010, the biggest offshore spill in U.S. history. The state's highest court, upholding the views of lower courts, ruled BP was covered by Transocean's insurance for pollution on the water's surface, but not under it. BP operated the well


Transocean to Scrap Two Rigs

  Swiss driller Transocean Ltd. announced yesterday that it intends to scrap, in an environmentally responsible manner, two offshore rigs: GSF Aleutian Key and Sedco 707. The rigs are classified as held for sale.   As a result of this decision, the company expects its first quarter 2015 results to include an estimated non-cash charge of $90 million to $110 million, net of taxes. Including these two rigs, Transocean has announced plans to scrap a total of 18 floaters.  


Transocean Swings to Loss on Falling Revenue

Transocean Ltd., one of the world's top offshore drilling companies, reported a first-quarter loss on Wednesday as oil exploration and production companies rent out fewer of its rigs because of tumbling crude prices.   The net loss was $483 million, or $1


PSC, BP Claims Against Transocean Resolved

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  Transocean Ltd. announced that it has reached two separate settlement agreements, with the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (the "PSC") and with BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Co. ("BP")


Executive Changes at Transocean

Jeremy D. Thigpen, President & CEO

  Transocean Ltd. today announced that, as mutually agreed with the company, Esa Ikaheimonen is stepping down as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Mr. Ikaheimonen has also resigned his company-appointed position as the Chairman of the Board of


Transocean Delays Drillships

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 Transocean Ltd, the world’s largest offshore driller, has delayed delivery of two new ultra-deepwater drillships, the company announced.   The company amended its drillship construction contracts ($540 million each) with Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine


Transocean to Raise Money with Caledonia Offshore Offering

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) announced that Transocean Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, intends to proceed with an unregistered offering of shares of Caledonia Offshore Drilling Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transocean, in connection with an offering being made to eligible


As Oil Prices Drop, Rigs Go Off-Line

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Transocean Ltd, the owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it was likely to retire additional rigs as the company continued to face pressure due to slowdown in an oversupplied rig market. The drilling contractor's shares rose as much as 3 percent in early trading after the


Transocean's Fleet Update Summary

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 Transocean Ltd. 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 October 15, 2014.  The total value of new contracts since the October 15


BP, Anadarko Fail to Win Review of Gulf Spill Fines

  BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp narrowly failed to persuade a U.S appeals court to reconsider its 2014 ruling that they could face civil fines under federal pollution laws over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. By a 7-6 vote, the 5th U.S


BP Asks for Lower Fine in Gulf Spill Trial

BP Plc, citing low oil prices, tried to whittle away at $13.7 billion in potential fines under the Clean Water Act on Tuesday as the penalty phase started in its trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.   BP said its fine should be modest as it took extensive steps to mitigate the


Transocean Shares Poised for Big Move

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Transocean Ltd shares are expected to move about 8 percent in either direction following its earnings results on Wednesday, options data showed, but positioning among traders suggests some worry.   This would be the biggest post-earnings move for the shares in at least eight quarters.


Transocean Issues Monthly 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 the February 17, 2015 Fleet Update Summary


Advanced Drillships a Burden for Owners as Business Slows

Not so long ago, advanced drillships costing more than half a billion dollars each and capable of operating in ever-deeper waters practically guaranteed big profits for oil-rig operators.   Now, with oil prices down by half since June


Greenpeace Boards Arctic Offshore Rig

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 Six Greenpeace activists boarded a Shell oil drilling ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and vowed to stay there to protest the company's plans to drill above the Arctic Circle, the environmental organization said.   They boarded as the drill rig was transported across the


Rough Seas Sends Greenpeace Home

Greenpeace activists repelled from Seattle-bound oil rig. Pic provided by Greenpeace

 Six Greenpeace activists opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic have abandoned a Seattle-bound drill rig they boarded in the Pacific Ocean six days ago.   Rough seas prompted the decision, Greenpeace said.  The protesters rappelled off the an oil rig leased by Royal Dutch


Transocean Appoints Jeremy D. Thigpen President & CEO

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 The CFO of Houston-based National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NOV) is stepping down to become CEO of Transocean Ltd. (RIG), one of NOV’s largest customers.   Effective April 22, Jeremy Thigpen will become CEO of Switzerland-based Transocean, which has its main U.S. office in Houston






 
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