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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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SHI South Korea Yard to Build Two Ultra-deep Drillships for Seadrill

Seadrill has entered into turnkey contracts to build two new ultra-deepwater drillships at Samsung in South Korea. The construction of the drillships is scheduled for completion in the second and third quarter 2014. Total project price per drillship is estimated to be under US$600 million, which includes a turnkey contract with the yard, project management, drilling and handling tools, spares, capitalized interest and operations preparations. Seadrill has also a fixed price option to order an additional drillship for delivery in 2014. The drillships are of the same design as the three previous dual derrick drillships that Seadrill ordered at Samsung late 2010 and early 2011, with increased water depth, technical capabilities and accommodation capacities.

Keppel to Build New Drillship to its Proprietary Design

The CAN DO drillship will be the front runner in exploration, development and completion operations. Following positive feedback and strong enquiries from the market, Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (Keppel O&M), is proceeding with the building of its new CAN DO drillship. When completed in 2016, the drillship is expected to be a state-of-the-art deepwater exploration, development and completion drilling vessel. Chow Yew Yuen, Chief Operating Officer and CEO-Designate, Keppel O&M, commented, "As with all our market established proprietary designs, our new CAN DO drillship design was developed in close consultation with customers, major oil companies and vendors.

Ocean Rig buys Cerrado drillship

Photo: Ocean Rig

Cyprus-based Ocean Rig has stepped in to buy the sixth generation ultra-deepwater (UDW) drillship Cerrado, which once drilled the giant Libra prospect offshore Brazil, following its owner Brazil-based Schahin Group bankruptcy declaration last April. Ocean Rig paid US$65 million at auction for the UDW drillship. The drillship was built at Samsung Heavy Industries in 2011 to similar design specifications as the company’s existing 6th generation drillships built at Samsung, and will be renamed the Ocean Rig Paros upon its delivery to Ocean Rig.

Ultra-deepwater Drillship Contract for HHI

Rowan Companies exercises option to build a fourth GustoMSC P10,000 design ultra-deepwater drillship with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. The cost for this rig, including commissioning, project management and spares, but excluding capitalized interest, is estimated to be approximately $620 million, with delivery scheduled for March 2015. Rowan plans to equip its drillships with 2,000 feet of additional riser to enable operations in water depths up to 12,000 feet upon delivery. Each drillship will also be equipped with a second BOP for minimizing non-productive time. The company will also incur operational training and personnel ramp-up costs in readying the drillships to commence well operations.

GlobalSantaFe Orders New Ultra-Deepwater Drillship

GlobalSantaFe's new ultra-deepwater drillship, to be constructed in Ulsan, Korea, by Hyundai Heavy Industries for delivery in 2010. GlobalSantaFe Corporation has made an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ltd. delivery in September 2010. total approximately $740m. suppliers and deliver the drillship to GlobalSantaFe for a fixed price. successful GSF C.R. service in 2000. depths up to 10,000 feet and is upgradeable to 12,000 ft. provides significantly more space than previous-generation drillships.

Drillship Contracts Worth US$4-billion Awarded to Sembcorp

Sembcorp Marine secures US$ 4.032 Billion drillship contracts from Sete Brasil. Sembcorp Marine Ltd, through Jurong Offshore Pte Ltd’s wholly-owned subsidiarieshas secured contracts from Sete Brasil Participacǒes S.A. (Sete Brasil), for the design and construction of five drillships based on Jurong Shipyard’s proprietary Jurong Espadon drillship design. In addition to the above, Sembcorp Marine had earlier in the year announced that its wholly-owned Brazilian shipyard Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz Ltda secured a US$792.5 million contract for the design and construction of a drillship with Guarapari Drilling B.V., Netherlands, a subsidiary of Sete Brasil.

IHI Delivers Drillship Hull to Singapore

Courtesy IHI

IHI Corporation (IHI) announced today that Drillship Hull for Singapore was delivered on December 17, which was constructed at IHI Aichi Works. Drillship is designed for the use in exploratory, completion and maintenance drilling of offshore oil and gas fields. The delivered Drillship Hull is with the length of 242 meters, breadth of 46 meters and depth of 19.6 meters. Drilling equipment will be installed on the Hull in Singapore and the Drillship will be completed after the commissioning.  

R&B Falcon Announces Deepwater Pathfinder Incident

R&B Falcon Corporation announced drillship Deepwater Pathfinder sustained damage when 20 joints of the vessel's riser and its blowout prevention equipment fell to the seabed in approximately 7,000 ft. of water while preparing to continue drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana. None of the personnel aboard the drillship sustained any injury. The drillship's top drive and travelling equipment sustained damage, and an investigation is underway to ascertain the full extent of damages sustained. The marine integrity of the drillship was not affected. No environmental damage resulted from the incident. Deepwater Pathfinder is operated under a long-term bareboat charter by Deepwater Drilling L.L.C., a limited liability company in which affiliates of Conoco Inc.

DSME Wins New Drillship Order

DSME signed a contract with Atwood Oceanics, a U.S.-based ocean drilling company, for the construction of one drillship. This is the option of last year’s contract with a value of approximately $570 million and it will be delivered at the end of 2015. DSME and Atwood Oceanics also agreed in principle to an additional drillship contract. The newly ordered drillship is a DSME-12000 type drillship which was developed using DSME’s own technology. It is able to drill down to a maximum of 12km in water up 3,600m in depth and will possess dual derricks so pipe assembly work and drilling operations are possible at the same time. This will increase its effectiveness and reduce working hours by 25% when compared to a single derrick system.

Noble Corp. Orders Ultra-Deepwater Drillship

Noble Drilling Holding has signed contracts for the construction of a new, dynamically positioned, ultra-deepwater, harsh environment Globetrotter class drillship with 's STX Heavy Industries Co., LTD (STX) and Dutch-based design and construction firm Huisman Equipment B.V. The drillship will be built on a fixed-price basis in two phases. Following construction of the hull and installation of the propulsion system by STX at their new state-of-the-art facility in , , the to-be-named drillship will sail under its own power to the where Huisman will complete the installation and commissioning of the topside equipment. The delivered cost of the drillship, excluding capitalized interest, is estimated to be $585 million, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2011.

LNG Carriers, Drillship Orders Increase in Korea Yard

Photo credit Wiki CCL 'lngrivers'

Easing of the Eurozone sovereign debt problems, increased issue of drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and growing demand for drillships in Latin America and West Africa have combined to give Samsung Heavy Industries the best order growth visibility among the “Big Three” – Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Already, Samsung Heavy Industries has achieved 38 percent of its annual order guidance or $3.8 billion, winning the orders from Inpex’s central processing facilities and two drillships.

Keppel Awarded Contract for Bully Drillship

Keppel Shipyard Limited was awarded a contract valued at about $100.7m for the integration and completion of a new build Bully drillship. Keppel secured the contract with a company jointly owned by Frontier Drilling and Shell. This is the second drillship of the Bully rig design awarded to Keppel by the same owners. The first Bully drillship was awarded in June 2007 with delivery by fourth quarter 2009. The new hull will be built in China and is due to arrive at Keppel Shipyard in the first quarter of 2009. The drillship is expected to be delivered by the second quarter of 2010. The Bully drillships are designed to conduct surface BOP (Blow-out Preventer) drilling operations in water depths of up to 12,000 ft. and sub-sea BOP operations in water depths of up to 8,250 ft.

Dryships Option to Contruct Four UDW Drillships

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with a major South Korean shipyard, for the option to construct up to four ultra deepwater drillships. The new orders would be sisterships of the drillships under construction with further upgrades to the specification. Each of the four options can be declared within twelve months of this agreement, with deliveries ranging from 2013 until 2014. The total project cost is estimated to be about $600m per drillship. The agreement includes a non-refundable slot reservation fee of $24.8m per drillship that will be applied to the drillship contract price if the options are exercised.

DryShips: Ocean Rig Financing, Fleet and Contract Developments

DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos, through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., an offshore deepwater drilling service company, made several company announcements. Ocean Rig announced that it has signed a supplemental agreement to amend certain provisions in its $1.35 billion Senior Secured Facility dated February 28, 2013. Under the terms of the agreement, the existing dividend restriction of up to 50% of preceding fiscal year net income will be amended to apply on a cumulative basis from July 1, 2013 onwards (50% of cumulative net income and 100% of cumulative losses) and include a carve-out to pay additional dividends up to the higher of $150m and 5% of the Ocean Rig's net tangible assets.

Rowan Contracts to Build Two Drillships

Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: RDC) announced today that a subsidiary has entered into turnkey contracts for the construction of two ultra-deepwater drillships with a cost of approximately $605 million each. The drillships will be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. ("HHI") at its Ulsan shipyard, and are expected to be delivered in late 2013 and mid-2014. Matt Ralls, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our long-stated strategy has been to focus on and diversify our offshore drilling business, and we are excited to take this first step into the ultra-deepwater sector.

Dryships Takes Delivery of Sixth New Build Drillship

Dryships Announces Delivery of Ocean Rig's Sixth Newbuilding Drillship, the Ocean Rig Skyros. DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. ("Ocean Rig"), of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced that Ocean Rig successfully took delivery of its newbuilding drillship, the Ocean Rig Skyros, on Friday, December 20, 2013. The drillship is currently mobilizing to offshore Angola to commence drilling operations with Total.  

Hyundai, Samsung Clash in Drillship Market

According to a report from the Korean Herald, the competition in the market for drillships is heating up with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. threatening Samsung Heavy Industries Co.’s dominance. Hyundai Heavy has turned its eyes to the market in recent years. The company’s first drillship was delivered late last year and Samsung Heavy has lost its place at the top of the drillship market to Hyundai Heavy.   Source: The Korean Herald  

Rolls-Royce to Power High-tech Drillships

A Drillship: Photo credit Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce awarded contracts worth over £70-million to supply large thrusters for offshore drilling vessels. These latest orders, which include options for additional thrusters, are from a variety of customers who are expanding their drillship fleets and are driven by greater demand in oil and gas exploration in deep water and harsh conditions. These high specification drillships operate in dynamic positioning (DP) mode, using satellite technology to automatically maintain position without anchoring. This places a heavy responsibility on thruster performance and reliability.

Shell Charters Four Transocean New Drillships

Transocean Ltd. awarded 10-year contracts for four newbuild dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships by Royal Dutch Shell (Shell). Shipyard delivery for the first drillship is scheduled for mid-2015. The remaining three drillships are expected to be delivered from the shipyard at approximately six-month intervals thereafter. After customer acceptance, the contracts are expected to commence in 2015 and 2016, contributing an estimated revenue backlog of $7.6 billion, excluding mobilization. The aggregate capital investment for the four newbuild rigs is an estimated $3.0 billion, excluding capitalized interest. All four drillships have advanced capabilities: each is designed to operate in water depths of up to 12,000 feet and drill wells to 40,000 feet.

Ocean Rig Updates on Financing, Newbuildings & Contracts

The Company announced that it has signed a supplemental agreement to amend certain provisions in its $1.35b Senior Secured Facility dated February 28, 2013. “We are pleased that our syndicate of commercial banks and export credit agencies agreed to our request to amend certain provisions in their facility. The Company announced that on August 20, 2013, it successfully took delivery of its newbuilding drillship the Ocean Rig Mylos. The Ocean Rig Mylos is the first in the series of three 7th Generation Ultra Deepwater Drillships the Company expects to take delivery in 2013. The drillship is currently mobilizing to offshore Brazil and is expected to commence drilling operations under the 3-year drilling contract with Repsol Sinopec Brasil S.A. by November 2013.

Maersk Drilling Name Ultimate Ultra-deepwater Drillship

Naming ceremony Maersk Voyager: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling’s fourth ultra deepwater drillship has been named in a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea. Lene Berg, wife of Gregers Kudsk, Vice President in Maersk Drilling, named the drillship 'Maersk Voyager'. Maersk Voyager is the fourth in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships. The four drillships were ordered in 2011 and represent a total investment of USD 2.6bn. This latest ultra-deepwater drillship is scheduled to be delivered from SHI in Q4 2014 and awaits first contract.

FOE and KNOC in Deal for Drillship

According to Rigzone, Fred Olsen Energy ASA (FOE) has entered into an agreement of intent with the Korean state owned oil company, Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) of South Korea, to request proposals for the construction of a jointly owned new-build ultra deepwater drillship. FOE's wholly owned subsidiary, Dolphin Drilling Ltd., will in case of realizing the project, undertake the technical and commercial operation of the drillship. Finalization of the project including Board approval, is expected within the end of the year. Source: Rigzone

R&B Falcon Drillship Sustains Damage

R&B Falcon's drillship Deepwater Pathfinder sustained damage recently when 20 joints of the vessel's riser and its blowout prevention equipment fell to the seabed in about 7,000 ft. (2,133 m) of water while preparing to continue drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana. None of the personnel onboard was injured, but the drillship's top drive and traveling equipment was damaged. A full investigation is currently underway to decipher the full extent of the accident.

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