Houston-based international drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for February 2002 was down from the previous month's SCORE by 1.1 percent.
and CEO Sted Garber said
, "Declines in the Gulf of Mexico SCORE
have slowed considerably and the international SCORE remains near its highest level since early 1999. The improving U.S. economy, which has strengthened U.S. natural gas prices
, bodes well for the outlook in the Gulf of Mexico jackup
market -- the source of significant weakness over the last six to eight months."
GlobalSantaFe's SCORE compares the profitability of current mobile offshore drilling rig dayrates to the profitability of dayrates at the 1980- 1981 peak of the offshore drilling cycle. In the 1980-1981 period, when SCORE averaged 100 percent, new contract dayrates equaled the sum of daily cash operating costs plus approximately $700 per day per million dollars invested. In addition to a worldwide SCORE covering key types of competitive offshore drilling rigs in key drilling markets, a separate SCORE is calculated for certain types of rigs and certain regions to indicate the relative condition of rig markets. The release, which is made available for publication on the third Monday of each month, includes separate SCORE calculations for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico
, the North Sea
, West Africa
, and Southeast Asia
. Rig types include jackup and semisubmersible rigs.