Ocean Rig deepwater offshore drillships get status update

Offshore staff

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Ocean Rig has provided an update on its deepwater drilling construction and contracts schedule.

Late last month, the company signed terms for a $1.35-billion loan facility to part-finance costs of the newbuild drillships Ocean Rig Mylos, Ocean Rig Skyros, and Ocean Rig Athena. These are scheduled for delivery this year in July, October, and November.

Also in February, the company received a letter of award valued at $680 million from a major oil company for a three-year drilling contract off West Africa. This will probably be handled by the new drillship Ocean Rig Apollo, scheduled for delivery in January 2015.

The program should start not long afterwards, and the client has four extension options of up to six-months each.

The semisub Eirik Raude has started a $112-million contract for ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Ireland (Offshore), which will involve drilling one well on the deepwater Dunquin structure off southwest Ireland. The program could last up to six months.

Thereafter, the rig will transfer to West Africa to start a firm four-well program for Lukoil off Sierra Leone, valued at $217 million.

3/5/2013

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