China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) has signed construction contracts for two jack-up drilling rigs and a semisubmersible drilling rig.
The contracts are with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co., Ltd. (DSIC Offshore) and China Merchants Heavy Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
The new units will be the HYSY982, HYSY 943 and HYSY944. COSL did not make it clear which units were for which companies.
HYSY982 will be a sixth generation deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig equipped with DP3 dynamic positioning system, designed for a maximum operating depth of 5000 ft (1524m), and 30,000 ft (9144m) a maximum drilling depth. It is expected to be delivered in August 2016.
HYSY943 will have 400 ft (122m) maximum operating depth and 35,000ft (10,668m) maximum drilling depth.
COSL said HYSY944 will be CNOOC's first large pile shoe jack-up drilling rig. It will have maximum operating depth 400 ft (122m), with 30,000 ft (9144m) maximum drilling depth.
The jack-up rigs are expected to be delivered in September and October 2015, respectively.