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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Maersk Drilling Bags Contract with Tullow Ghana

Photo: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a four year contract for the deep-water drillship Maersk Venturer by Tullow Ghana Ltd. The contract, which was signed December 2017, is expected to commence in February 2018 and covers development drilling on the Jubilee and TEN fields offshore Ghana. Maersk Venturer is currently in transit for the job offshore Ghana thereby further strengthening Maersk Drilling’s presence in the region. ”I am very pleased that Maersk Drilling will be mobilising another deepwater rig for this significant job in a strategically important region.

Singapore Shipyard Contracted for Ultra-deepwater Drill Rig

Photo courtesy of Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Marine, Jurong Shipyard gets US$ 568-million contract for semi-submersible deepwater rig for North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. The new rig will be constructed based on the Moss Maritime CS60 design – an enhancement of the Moss Maritime CS50E MKII harsh-environment ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rigs West Pegasus and West Leo which were delivered by Jurong Shipyard to Seadrill in March 2011 and January 2012 respectively. Delivery is scheduled no later than the first quarter of 2015.

Maersk Drilling CEO: Slow Deepwater Rig Market Coming

Maersk Drilling Chief Executive Claus Hemmingsen talked to Reuters on the sidelines of A.P. Moller-Maersk's annual capital markets day. Maersk Drilling has focused on two areas - harsh environment rigs primarily in Norway and deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and off West Africa. "The deepwater market will be slow, for the rest of 2014 and in 2015. We do believe however it will come up in the mid-term and long-term. "If you go back one and a half years ago, you would say (the day rates would reach) $500,000-600,000, a few above that, but that would be in Angola. "Currently, we're probably talking about $400,000-$500,000 for day rates. "We have actually six rigs out of eight coming out (of shipyards) with very strong contracts.

Oil Industry Revamping Rigs to Withstand Hurricanes

As they struggle to restore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, industry executives are mapping potential upgrades in equipment and operations to minimize future storm-related stoppages, according to a USA Today report. Drilling specialists are considering adding additional anchors to deepwater rigs to hold them in place even amid hurricane-driven waves. The standard rig design using eight mooring points could be increased to 12 or 16. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed five drilling rigs in deep waters off Louisiana and Texas and caused 19 others to break free of their moorings, said the report. The federal government's Minerals Management Service will convene a Washington meeting to discuss deepwater rig design in light of lessons learned from the recent hurricanes.

Planned Floating Production Projects Hits All-Time High

Growing Number of Floating Production Projects in the Planning Stage (Number of projects as of July each year) - Source: IMA

IMA has just completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector. The 175 page report Floating Production Systems: Assessment of the Outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs is the 47th in a series of IMA reports on the deepwater production sector that began in 1996. Some highlights from the new report are below. Order backlog for production floaters at all-time high – 74 production floaters are currently on order. This number is 40% higher than the backlog a year ago – and more than double the backlog in mid-2009.

Planned Floating Production Projects at An All-Time High

IMA has just completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector. The 175 page report Floating Production Systems: Assessment of the Outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs is the 47th in a series of IMA reports on the deepwater production sector that began in 1996. Some highlights from the new report are below. Order backlog for production floaters at all-time high – 74 production floaters are currently on order. This number is 40% higher than the backlog a year ago – and more than double the backlog in mid-2009.

GOM Oil Spill, Multiple Companies Implicated

According to a May 8 report from the New York Times, Congress is preparing to hold hearings on the April 20 explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Implicated are BP, the British company that leased the deepwater rig, Transocean, the rig’s owner and operator, Halliburton, which handled a critical procedure about a day before the accident, and Cameron International, which made the blowout preventer that failed to engage. All four companies have been summoned to Capitol Hill to answer questions. (Source: New York Times)  

Diamond Offshore Scraps Special Dividend on Weak Market

Ocean Endeavor (Photo:  Diamond Offshore)

Rig contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc said it expected a significant number of ultra-deepwater rigs to be idled across the industry by year-end as oil producers' capital budget is likely to be lowered by a fifth this year. The company also said it would not pay a special dividend as it had been doing since 2006 to save cash to take advantage of opportunities in a distressed market. "...This action saves the company about $415 million over the next year, potentially equivalent to the cost of an ultra-deepwater asset," Evercore ISI analyst James West wrote in a note.

Keppel, First DSS 38 Semisubmersible for Brazil

Photo courtesy Keppel FELS

Keppel FELS Limited is on track to deliver Gold Star, the first of two DSS 38 deepwater rigs to Brazilian operator, Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG) later this year. Progressing on time and within budget, Gold Star will be the first DSS 38 rig to enter the market and support Petrobras's exploration and production activities. Gold Star was named today by Lady Sponsor, Mrs Fiona Steane, spouse of Mr Christopher Steane, Global Head for Structured Finance of the rig’s financiers, ING Bank.

Bid to Reinstate Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Fails

According to a July 9 report from The New York Times, a federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling while litigation continues. But the court order said the administration can reapply for an emergency moratorium if drilling activity by deepwater rigs is about to begin. (Source: The New York Times)

CNOOC May Delay Deepwater Rig Startup to 2011

According to a June 8 report from Bloomberg, China National Offshore Oil Corp., the country’s biggest offshore energy explorer, may delay the startup of its first deepwater rig until 2011 because of a safety review after BP Plc’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig to be deployed in the South China Sea may not turn operational until the first quarter. (Source: Bloomberg)

Maersk Drilling Wins 2-Year Angolan Extension

The head of Maersk Drilling said on Wednesday the A.P. Moller-Maersk unit has won a two-year extension for its Maersk Deliverer deepwater rig worth $387 million. Maersk Venturer, a new rig set to be delivered this year, had also won a letter of award for a short-term contract in South East Asia, Maersk Drilling Chief Executive Claus Hemmingsen told Reuters during a capital markets day. Such an award means the parties have agreed to a deal but are yet to hammer out details such as day rates.   Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki  

Offshore Rig Counts Unchanged

The number of mobile offshore drilling rigs under contract is unchanged from last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, 139 of 190 mobile offshore drilling rig are under contract this week. U.S. Gulf drilling fleet utilization is 73.2 percent. Among the working rigs is a new deepwater drillship, which has moved to its first drilling location. In the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea and other European waters, 77 of 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract. European offshore rig utilization stands at 72.0 percent. Worldwide, 472 of 631 existing mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract. Worldwide offshore rig utilization is 74.8 percent.

Shell Deepwater Services Implements HDI

Shell Deepwater Services, a division of Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., has contracted with NHDS for the delivery of an HDI-based knowledge management solution for communicating high volumes of vital information over high- and low-bandwidth networks found on offshore drilling rigs. After a 16-month trial period, Shell is formally installing the software on its deepwater rigs around the globe. The patented HDI (High Definition Information(TM)) technology enables offshore rigs to send and receive information rapidly and reliably, perform complex calculations, and display daily drilling data (including actual and projected costs, as well as depth and trouble time), lessons learned, best practices, and health and safety alerts.

Ocean Rig: Three Year Drilling Contract

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ:ORIG) signed a new drilling contract for its semisubmersible drilling rig “Leiv Eiriksson” with a consortium coordinated by Rig Management Norway for drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. total revenue backlog is estimated at $653 million for a minimum period of 1070 days. The new contract is a well-based contract for 15 wells and will commence in the fourth quarter of 2012 or the first quarter of 2013. The contract includes three options of 6 wells each that have to be exercised well in advance of the expiry of the firm period. George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Rig UDW Inc commented “We are pleased to announce this long-term contract with a strong consortium for work on the Norwegian Continental Shelf…

GlobalSantaFe Announces Settlement of Patent Lawsuit

Worldwide offshore oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation announced that it has entered into a settlement and licensing agreement with Transocean that resolves a patent dispute between the two companies and provides for the unrestricted use of dual drilling capabilities on three GlobalSantaFe semisubmersible rigs. Under the terms of the agreement, GlobalSantaFe will pay a one-time license fee of $12 million related to the construction of three GlobalSantaFe ultra-deepwater rigs equipped with patented dual drilling capabilities: the GSF Development Driller I and GSF Development Driller II, which are already working under contract in the deepwater U.S.

Shortage of Ships May Complicate Call for Offshore Drilling

The New York Times reported that a shortage of ships used for deepwater offshore drilling may impede any rapid turnaround in oil exploration and supply. Slow growth in oil supplies, at a time of soaring demand, has been a major factor in the spike of oil and gasoline prices. Demand is so high that shipbuilders have raised prices since last year by up to $100 million a vessel to about half a billion dollars, the report said. As a result, drilling costs for some of the newest deepwater rigs in the -- the nation's top source of domestic oil and natural gas supplies -- have reached about $600,000 a day, compared with $150,000 a day in 2002. These record prices have spurred a new wave of drill-ship construction.

Transocean Reports Q1 2010 Results

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) reported net income attributable to controlling interest of $677 million, or $2.09 per diluted share, on revenues of $2.602 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2010. The results compare to net income attributable to controlling interest of $942 million, or $2.93 per diluted share, on revenues of $3.118 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2009. First quarter 2009 results were adversely impacted by certain net charges, after tax, totaling $264 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, consisting of $221 million of impairments on rigs held for sale and $43 million of discrete tax items, merger-related costs and losses on the retirement of debt.

Transocean's Third Deepwater Rig Ready to Begin Work

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc.'s ultra-deepwater drillship Discoverer Deep Seas has completed acceptance testing and has commenced a five-year contract valued at an estimated $374 million for Chevron U.S.A. Production Company in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Discoverer Deep Seas is the third Discoverer Enterprise-class drillship to join the Transocean Sedco Forex fleet, following the delivery of the Discoverer Spirit to Unocal in September 2000 and the Discoverer Enterprise to BP in December 1999. All three rigs are designed to drill in water depths of up to 10,000 ft. and possess the company's patented dual activity drilling process, comprised primarily of two complete drilling systems within one derrick.

Ultra-deepwater Drillship Arrives Brazil From Korea

QGOG Constellation announces the arrival in Brazil waters of the ultra-deepwater drillship, 'Amaralina Star'. 'Amaralina Star' is to be operated by its subsidiary, Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG). The unit was built to operate in ultra-deepwaters to water depths of up to 10,000 feet and to drill wells depths of up to 40,000 feet. It will be able to operate in the Brazilian pre-salt area. The Amaralina Star was built by the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, in South Korea. The shipyard is also currently building the Laguna Star drillship, which belongs to QGOG Constellation and will be operated by QGOG. The two units have been chartered to Petrobras under a six-year contract, with options to renew for six additional years. Drilling services will be provided by QGOG.

Rig Fleet Status, Contract Update, from Transocean

Transocean's current status & contract information for the company's entire fleet of offshore drilling rigs. The value of new contracts or extensions since the December 17, 2012 fleet update summary is approximately $235 million. Estimated 2012 out of service time decreased by a net 15 days. Estimated 2013 out of service time increased by a net 205 days, including 253 days to reactivate the Sedco 712 in anticipation of potential contracts. Sedco 714 - Awarded an 18-month contract extension at a dayrate of $435,000 ($235 million contract backlog). The rig's prior dayrate was $398,000. Well Control Equipment Recertification - The company has now obtained third party certification of well control equipment on 41 of its 64 active floaters, including 24 of its 27 ultra-deepwater rigs.

DryShips Acquires Stake in Ocean Rig

Greek dry-bulk carrier DryShips reportedly agreed to acquire about 30.4 percent stake in Ocean Rig ASA for $405m, according to a Reuters report. The company's entry into the deep water is reportedly a result of its view that significant shareholder value can be garnered through this transaction. Shares of DryShips were down more than 14 percent at $71.80 in afternoon trade, making them one of the top percentage losers on the Nasdaq. In a statement, DryShips said it plans to finance the investment with about $162 million in cash and $243 million in debt. Ocean Rig owns and operates two ultra deepwater rigs, with depth capacity of between 7,500 feet and 10,000 feet. (Source: Reuters)

Transocean Estimates 18-24 Months to Recovery

Reuters - Transocean Ltd, owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it could take up to 18-24 months for demand to recover as customers delay drilling programs. Demand for offshore rigs is tapering as major oil companies trim exploration and production budgets in the face of investor demands for higher returns. Transocean, whose deepwater fleet is relatively older than that of its competitors, said about 19 of its deepwater and ultra deepwater rigs will be up for contracts in 2014. In comparison, rival Ensco Plc will have eight rigs available for contract, while Seadrill Ltd will have five in 2014. A lease normally runs for five years or more.

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