Marine Link
Monday, September 26, 2016

Seadrill Acquires High-end Jack-up Rig 'Prospector 3'

November 15, 2013

Seadrill Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire the company that owns the yard construction contract of the newbuild high specification jack-up rig 'Prospector 3' from Prospector Offshore for a total purchase price of US$235 million.

In addition, Seadrill will provide drilling and handling tools, spares and operations preparations resulting in a total cost for this rig, ready to drill, of approximately US$250 million.

The Prospector 3 is scheduled to be delivered from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co., Ltd. (DSIC Offshore) in China during the first quarter of 2014.  The new unit is based on the F&G JU2000E design, with water depth capacity of 400ft and drilling depth of 35,000ft.

The lack of premium jack-up newbuild activity over the last decade is beginning to be felt and demand is currently exceeding available supply.  The tightness in the market is leading many customers to contract these units for significantly longer terms than previously experienced for this asset class.  The Board of Seadrill continues to be of opinion that the premium jack-up market provides a compelling investment opportunity.

The agreement with Prospector is subject to approval by DSIC Offshore.
 



Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Sep 2016 - Maritime & Ship Security

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News