Worldwide oil and gas drilling
contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation today
reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for December 2002 was down from the previous month's SCORE by 2.9 percent.
GlobalSantaFe chief operating officer, Jon Marshall
, said today at the company's annual SCORE press conference: "Though worldwide SCORE improved in December 2002, continued softness in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico drilling
market and semisubmersibles rigs worldwide left SCORE near the year's lowest level. In the U.S. gulf, depressed drilling activity is having an impact on natural gas inventory levels
, pushing prices higher. These conditions make a drilling rebound in this market inevitable."
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.