Seadrill has exercised an option to build a new tender rig at the COSCO Nantong Shipyard in China. The new unit, T18, is set for delivery from the shipbuilder in the fourth quarter of 2013. Total project price is estimated at US$135 million, including project management, drilling and handling tools, spares, and capitalized interest. COSCO values the order at $75 million, excluding owner-furnished drilling equipment.
T18 is similar to the three tender rigs Seadrill ordered from COSCO last year, with enhanced drilling capabilities allowing for higher drilling efficiency including the advantage of a light weight drilling equipment set. The rig is capable of drilling at 6,500 feet water depth with a drilling depth capacity of 20,000 feet.
Seadrill Management AS CEO Alf C. Thorkildsen says, “We are pleased to announce a further addition to our market leading fleet of 20 tender rigs. The tender rig business continues to deliver excellent operational results. Based on the further strengthening of the offshore drilling market we continue to see compelling investment opportunities that will provide solid earnings growth for Seadrill.”
April 12, 2012