Rowan Orders 4 More Rigs

Thursday, November 01, 2007
Rowan Companies, Inc. entered into contracts with Keppel AmFELS, Inc. for the construction of four Super 116E class jack-ups. The rigs will be built at AmFELS' Brownsville, Texas shipyard, with delivery scheduled at approximately four-month intervals beginning in the second quarter of 2010. Rowan's total cost of each rig is expected to average approximately $175 million, with more than one-third of that amount attributable to the cost value of the design, kit components and drilling equipment to be provided by the Company's manufacturing businesses.

Rowan will also build two additional 240-C class jack-ups at its own Vicksburg, Mississippi shipyard for delivery in the third quarters of 2010 and 2011, at a total cost of approximately $400 million. The 240-C was designed to be a significant upgrade of the original 116-C class, which has been the "workhorse" of the global drilling industry since its introduction in the late 1970s. The Company's first two 240-C rigs are currently under construction at Vicksburg, with delivery expected in the third quarters of 2008 and 2009.

Danny McNease, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We have continued to experience unprecedented global demand for premium drilling equipment. Each of these new rigs will employ the latest technology to be able to efficiently drill high-pressure, high-temperature and extended-reach wells in just about every prominent jack-up market throughout the world. All six of these new rigs will be equipped to reach 35,000 feet.

"The construction contracts with Keppel AmFELS afford us the opportunity to accelerate the expansion of our offshore drilling business by partnering with a first class organization and shipyard. We will provide our innovative rig design and drilling equipment to this project in further testament to the synergies between our drilling and manufacturing divisions, resulting in an average $20 million cost savings per rig and a proportionately higher return on our investment."


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