Rolls-Royce books 100th drillship propulsion order

DWC-seatrial tcm92-46320MAY 9, 2013 — Rolls-Royce Plc has signed a contract to deliver drillship propulsion systems to the world's largest drilling company Transocean. This latest contract marks the 100th drillship to feature Rolls-Royce propulsion equipment.

Rolls-Royce powered Transocean Drillship Deepwater Champion, delivered 2011

In recent months Rolls-Royce has won orders totaling close to £100 million to supply propulsion systems for seven new drillships, including options, from a variety of customers including Transocean. These ships will be built in the Samsung, Daewoo and Hyundai shipyards in Korea.

Rolls-Royce is the leading supplier of large thrusters to these specialist vessels, with a market share in excess of 70 percent.

Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce, President - Offshore said: "We are proud to be a strategic partner in the continuing development of the world's drillship fleets, and particularly delighted to reach the significant milestone of powering 100 of these highly specialized vessels which are at the forefront of oil and gas exploration.  Rolls-Royce has the largest range of thrusters for this sector of the marine market, and we welcome our customers' continued confidence in our technology, products and service."

The thrusters are demountable, meaning they can  be changed underwater, avoiding the downtime and expense of a visit to drydock.

In addition to its drillship deliveries, Rolls-Royce has also delivered high-powered thrusters to 80 semi-submersible drilling rigs.

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