Ensco orders another newbuild DP-3 ultra-deepwater drillship

Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV) has ordered another newbuild DP-3 ultra-deepwater drillship based on the Samsung GF12000 hull design.

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LONDON – Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV) has ordered another newbuild DP-3 ultra-deepwater drillship based on the Samsung GF12000 hull design. The ENSCO DS-10will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in South Korea for delivery in 3Q 2015.

Including commissioning, systems integration testing, project management and tubulars, the construction cost is expected to be $625 million.

Measuring 755 ft (230 m) long by 125 ft (38 m) wide,ENSCO DS-10 will have a 1,250-ton hoisting system with enhanced offline capability. Like ENSCO DS-8 and ENSCO DS-9, the new unit will be able to operate in water depths of up to 12,000 ft (3,658 m) with a TVD of 40,000 ft (12,192 m). It will be initially outfitted to work in water depths up to 10,000 ft (3,048 m).

Features include: retractable thrusters; enhanced safety and environmental features; improved dynamic positioning capabilities; and advanced drilling and completion functions, including below-main-deck riser storage, triple fluid systems and offline conditioning capability. The drillship also incorporates enhanced client and third-party facilities with living quarters for up to 200 personnel.

A 165-ton active heave compensating construction crane allows for deployment of subsea production equipment without interference with ongoing drilling operations.ENSCO DS-10 includes a 15,000-psi subsea well control system with seven rams and can accommodate a second BOP stack.

6/10/2013

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