Drillships News

Diamond Offshore Agrees Marketing Rights for Three Drillships

May 09, 2024

U.S.-based offshore drilling company Diamond Offshore has secured the marketing rights for three seventh generation drillships - West Dorado, West Draco and West Libra, which will be renamed Tidal Action.Diamond Offshore entered into an agreement with Eldorado Drilling…

Seadrill Nets Two Drillship Commitments

May 07, 2024

Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill on Tuesday announced it has secured new contract awards for two of its drillships.The West Capella secured a one-well contract in South Korea, with an estimated duration of 40 days, valued at approximately $32 million…

LLOG Spuds Who Dat East Well in US Gulf of Mexico

May 03, 2024

Oil company LLOG has started drilling the Who Dat East exploration/appraisal well in U.S. Gulf of Mexico, using Noble Corporation’s Noble Valiant drillship.The drilling operations on the Who Dat East well started on April 27, 2024, according to Karoon Energy…

Valaris' Drilling Rig Contracts Backlog Grows to $4 Billion

May 02, 2024

Offshore drilling company Valaris has secured new contracts and extensions for its drilling rigs, increasing its contract backlog to approximately $4 billion.Since its latest fleet status report, issued on February 15, 2024, Valaris has secured…

Stena Forth Drillship Up for Morocco Job as Energean Assumes Operatorship of Two Licenses

Apr 11, 2024

Moroccan authorities have approved the partnership agreement Chariot signed with Energean regarding the interest and operatorship of Lixus and Rissana licences, as Stena Drilling’s Stena Forth drillship gets the job for new appraisal well.The partnership agreements between Chariot and Energean…

Diamond Offshore’s Drillship on Extended Stay with BP in Gulf of Mexico

Mar 04, 2024

U.S.-based offshore drilling company Diamond Offshore has secured a two-year contract extension with a subsidiary of BP in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for the Ocean BlackHornet drillship.The contract is starting in February 2025 in direct continuation of the rig's current contract…

TotalEnergies Pays $199M for Tungsten Explorer Drillship Buy-In

Feb 07, 2024

French energy major TotalEnergies and offshore drillship operator Vantage Drilling have signed a binding agreement to create a new joint venture (JV) that will acquire from Vantage the Tungsten Explorer drillship.Pursuant to the terms of the agreement…

Seadrill Secures $97.5M in New Drillship Contracts

Jan 30, 2024

Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill has secured multiple contract awards totaling approximately $97.5 million for its West Vela and West Cappella drillships, announcing also it would resume management services for its West Auriga drillship earlier than expected…

Stena Drilling Takes Delivery of Stena Evolution Drillship

Jan 17, 2024

Offshore drilling contractor Stena Drilling has taken delivery of its 7th generation Stena Evolution ultra-deepwater drillship from Samsung Heavy Industries.After a decade in the making, Stena Evolution drillship has finally been completed and is ready for its first job…

Valaris Takes Delivery of Two New Drillships

Dec 21, 2023

Offshore drilling company Valaris has taken delivery of newbuild drillships VALARIS DS-13 and DS-14 for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $337 million.VALARIS DS-13 and DS-14 will be mobilized from South Korea to Las Palmas in Spain…

China to Conduct Sea Trials for Its First Ultra-deepwater Drilling Ship

Dec 18, 2023

China will on Friday conduct sea trials for its first ocean research drilling vessel, capable of drilling at depths of more than 10,000 meters (32,800 feet), a key step towards beefing up the country's deep-sea oil and gas exploration capabilities…

Valaris to Reactivate Drillship for $364M West Africa Contract

Jul 31, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Valaris said Monday it had secured a 12-well contract offshore West Africa for drillship VALARIS DS-7. Valaris will reactivate the drillship for this contract. The contract, with an undisclosed client, is expected to start…

Noble Corp. Wins $49M Drillship Contract Extension in Malaysia

Jul 11, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Noble Corporation said Tuesday that Shell's Malaysian subsidiaries Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd (SSB/SSPC) had exercised three one-well options on the current Noble Viking drillship contract in Malaysia…

Noble Secures $500M Deal with Petrobras for Ultra-Deepwater Drillship

May 15, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has secured a $500 million contract with Brazil's Petrobras for the ultra-deepwater drillship Noble Faye Kozack.The contract for the drilling at the BM-S-11 and Tupi fields offshore Brazil, has a firm duration of 2…

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