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Thursday, October 19, 2017

ENSCO OFFSHORE

Keppel FELS Divests Interest in Rig for $80m

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has transferred its entire 75% interest in ENSCO Enterprises Ltd II (JVC) to ENSCO Offshore International Company (ENSCO) for a cash consideration of US$80 million. The JVC is part of an alliance agreement with ENSCO to build, own and operate a jackup rig, ENSCO 106, valued at around US$105 million. The agreement carries an option for ENSCO to purchase Keppel FELS' entire interest in the rig prior to or upon delivery. The consideration is based on the book value of Keppel FELS’ 75% interest in the JVC.

Keppel FELS Delivers Rig to ENSCO

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) delivered ENSCO 107, a KFELS B Class design jackup drilling rig to ENSCO International Inc (ENSCO) one month ahead of contractual schedule and within budget. Guest-of-Honor, Mr. S. Dhanabalan, chairman of Temasek Holdings Pte Limited and Mr. Lim Chee Onn, executive chairman of Keppel Corporation Limited, were present to witness the christening ceremony, which came one day after Keppel FELS and ENSCO inked a new contract for the construction of a $338 million

ENSCO Completes Financing Facility

ENSCO International Incorporated announced the closing of a new $195 million loan facility guaranteed by MARAD. The facility will be used to finance the ENSCO 7500 semisubmersible drilling rig currently being constructed for ENSCO by Friede Goldman Offshore. The rig is scheduled to commence drilling operations for Burlington Resources during the fourth quarter of 2000. The MARAD guarantee covers both interim financing during the construction period as well as 15 year bonds to be issued upon

Keppel FELS Wins $427m ENSCO Deal

Seen here are William S. Chadwick, Jr., Executive Vice President - COO of ENSCO; Tong Chong Heong, MD & COO of Keppel Offshore & Marine; Daniel W. Rabun, Chairman, President and CEO of ENSCO; Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman & CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine and Mr Paul Wildberger, General Manager, Capital Projects of ENSCO, in front of ENSCO 8500. Keppel FELS won an order for an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible (semi) drilling rig from a wholly-owned subsidiary of ENSCO International Incorporated

ENSCO and Chiles Offshore Announce Agreement to Merge

ENSCO International Incorporated and Chiles Offshore Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement by which ENSCO will acquire Chiles. The Boards of both companies have approved the transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Chiles' stockholders will receive 0.6575 shares of ENSCO common stock, plus cash of $5.25, for each share of Chiles' common stock. Total value of the transaction is approximately $578 million based on ENSCO's closing price as of May 14

Ensco Takes Delivery of ENSCO 8504 Rig

Ensco has taken delivery of ENSCO 8504, the fifth of the seven ENSCO 8500 Series(R) rigs constructed by Keppel FELS Limited in Singapore. After mobilizing to Brunei to complete deepwater sea trials and final outfitting, ENSCO 8504 will commence a previously announced drilling contract with Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo B.V. The proprietary design of the ENSCO 8500 Series(R) was developed with input from customers to address the drilling requirements for virtually every deepwater field

Ensco Marine Sells Tug Supply Boat

Ensco Marine of Broussand, La. has sold its anchor handling tug supply boat Ensco Giant to Odyssea Marine. The vessel was built in 1976 by Mangone Shipyard in Houston, Texas and was fitted with a Smatco DAW-250 double drum waterfall anchor handling/towing winch. The vessel will be renamed Odyssea Giant and used in offshore anchor handling and towing in support of the new owner's offshore construction business both domestically and internationally

ENSCO 7500 Is A Groundbreaker

As the offshore market, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, continues to heat up, news from Dallas heralds a new era of ensuring safety and efficiency. ENSCO International took delivery of its new semisubmersible ENSCO 7500 from Friede Goldman Halter of Port Arthur, Texas, marking the drilling rig's place in offshore history as the first to complete certificate of inspection requirements under the USCG Alternate Compliance Program (ACP), as facilitated by ABS of Houston.

Fairmount Delivers ENSCO Rig in Malta

Photo courtesy Fairmount Marine

Fairmount Marine said it had delivered rig ENSCO 5004 in Malta at the end of a voyage that began offshore Rio de Janeiro. Rig ENSCO 5004 is a 1982 built 94.7 meters long and 70.4 meters wide semi-submersible drilling rig. The towage of rig ENSCO 5004 from Rio de Janeiro to Malta took about 5,782 nautical miles and during the voyage speeds well over seven knots were reached. Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, headquartered in Rotterdam

ENSCO 110, ENSCO 104 Contracted for UAE & M.E.

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  Ensco plc has entered into a three-year contract with NDC for a new premium jackup, ENSCO 110. This newbuild rig is scheduled to commence operations later this month offshore United Arab Emirates at a rate of approximately $114,000 per day. NDC has also contracted ENSCO 104 for a three-year term at a day rate of $114,000. The rig is mobilizing to the Middle East from the Asia Pacific region and is scheduled to commence its new contract in late-June 2015.

Ensco plc Report Loss

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* Non-Cash Asset and Goodwill Impairments Totaling $2.9 Billion   * Cash From Operating Activities of $423 Million in Fourth Quarter and $1.7 Billion for Full Year   * Record Safety and Operational Performance   * ENSCO DS-8 Commences Initial Five-Year Contract Offshore Angola   * #1 in Total Customer Satisfaction for Sixth Consecutive Year   * Quarterly Dividend Reduced to $0.01 Per Share to Improve Capital Management Flexibility

Ensco Lost 2 Petrobras Contracts

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 Ensco Plc has concluded discussions with Petrobras regarding revised commercial terms with respect to some rig contracts.   Ensco 6003 and Ensco 6004 had their contracts terminated effective May 1, 2016 by mutual agreement.   Ensco said the two rigs covered by the discontinued contracts will be removed from Brazilian waters and permanently retired, a sign of the weak state of the oil market.  

Offshore Rig Firms See End to Historic Downturn

Aker BP recently awarded a contract worth up to $68 million to Odfjell Drilling for the lease of the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepsea Stavanger in the Norwegian Sea and the Barnts Sea (Photo: Aker BP)

Demand for offshore rig rental globally is starting to recover from its worst ever downturn, led by oil firms' growing demand for harsh-environment exploration and triggering multi-billion dollar tie-ups among drillers hoping to profit, executives said.   While the 2014-2016 oil price crash caused firms to cut exploration budgets, ending a boom in rig demand and bankrupting many owners, energy companies are now seeking to replenish their hydrocarbon reserves.  

Ensco Completes Acquisition of Atwood Oceanics

Photo: Ensco

Ensco plc announced today that Ensco shareholders voted to approve the allotment and issuance of Ensco Class A ordinary shares to shareholders of Atwood Oceanics in connection with the all-stock acquisition of Atwood at the Company’s general meeting of shareholders on 5 October 2017.    The final results of the general meeting of shareholders held today indicate that 65% of the shares cast at the meeting voted in favor of this proposal.  

BP Terminates GoM Rig Contracts

BP terminated contracts for two deepwater oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico as the British oil company slashes its exploration budget due to fallen oil prices. Offshore drilling company Ensco said it had received notice to terminate BP-operated rig DS-4 in the Gulf of Mexico. Rival Seadrill Partners announced this week that BP had also cancelled a contract for the West Sirius field in the same region. BP confirmed the termination of both contracts

Ensco Appoints Rowsey as Non Executive Chairman

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  Ensco plc announced today that Paul Rowsey has been named Non-Executive Chairman of the Board following Dan Rabun’s planned retirement on 18 May 2015 concurrent with the annual general meeting of shareholders. Mr. Rowsey has been a member of Ensco’s Board of Directors since 2000. He most recently served as Lead Director and remains Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Rowsey said

Ensco plc Announces Cash Dividend

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  Ensco plcannounced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of US$0.15 per Class A ordinary share payable on 19 June 2015. The ex-dividend date for this payment is expected to be 4 June 2015, with a record date of 8 June 2015. Ensco announced at its annual general meeting of shareholders on 18 May 2015 that the vast majority of shares cast were voted “For” all proposals in its 1 April 2015 proxy statement.

Ensco CFO Jay Swent to Retire

Jay Swent (Photo: Ensco)

Ensco plc announced that EVP & CFO Jay Swent will retire after more than 11 years of service.   Swent will continue to serve in his current role until the succession process has been completed and a new CFO has been named. The completion of the succession process may extend into the first half of next year.    Swent joined Ensco in July 2003 and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2012

Ensco CFO Jay Swent to Retire

Jay W. Swent IIIExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  Ensco plc announced today that EVP & CFO Jay Swent, 64, will be retiring after more than 11 years of service. Mr. Swent will continue to serve in his current role until the succession process has been completed and a new CFO has been named. The completion of the succession process may extend into the first half of next year. “Jay has been integral to Ensco’s major achievements over the past decade as the company has grown to become an industry leader

Conoco Cutting Deepwater Spending

Photo: ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips said on Thursday it will reduce future spending on deepwater drilling due to low crude oil prices while raising its dividend one cent.   The largest spending reductions will come in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Houston-based company said it will terminate a three-year contract for an Ensco deepwater drill ship that was due to be delivered late this year.   Conoco said it raised its quarterly dividend to 74 cents per share from 73 cents per share.    

ENSCO DS-9 Drillship Contract Update

ENSCO DS-9 Drillship

  ConocoPhillips today for its convenience provided a notice of termination for the three-year ENSCO DS-9 drillship contract. Under the terms of the contract, ConocoPhillips is obligated to pay Ensco termination fees monthly for two years equal to the operating day rate of approximately $550,000, which may be partially defrayed should Ensco re-contract the rig within the next two years and/or mitigate certain costs during this time period while the rig is idle and without a contract.

Brazil Prosecutors: Charges Pending over Ensco Drillship Lease

Brazilian prosecutors plan to file criminal charges stemming from the lease of an Ensco Plc offshore oil-drilling ship to Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras "in due course," they said.   The plan to prosecute over the Ensco-Petrobras charter was mentioned in a Thursday statement presenting corruption charges stemming from the 2009 lease of another drillship, Vantage Drilling's Titanium Explorer Rig.  

Statoil Green Lights Floating Wind Farm Project

Hywind Scotland illustration (Image: Statoil)

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind demo project in Norway. Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead

DNV GL Launches Class Standard for Offshore Gangways

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL today published the first industry standard providing guidance on offshore personnel transfer by gangway. DNVGL-ST-0358 will contribute in documenting and securing safe operational performance of offshore gangway solutions and contribute to predictability and transparency within the industry.    Offshore gangways are used as a bridge between two vessels or between a fixed object and a floating installation to transfer people, cargo or equipment

Wärtsilä, Ensco Ink Maintenance Deal

ENSCO DS-8 drillship Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä, the leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions and services, has signed a maintenance agreement with Ensco, a global provider of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry. The agreement, signed in September 2015, will create both short- and long-term savings by optimising Ensco's assets and improving predictability through extensive condition monitoring services and parts supply management for Ensco's four drillships equipped with six

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