Transocean reports new offshore drilling record

Transocean Ltd. reports that its ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 has set what it believes to be a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig – 10,194 ft of water while working for Reliance Industries offshore India.

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ZUG, Switzerland --Transocean Ltd. reports that its ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 has set what it believes to be a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig – 10,194 ft of water while working for Reliance Industries offshore India.

The rig, owned by a joint venture with Quantum Pacific Group, surpassed Transocean’s prior record of 10,011 ft of water, set in 2003 by the Discoverer Deep Seas working for Chevron in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

The new record comes approximately one year after the dynamically positioned Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 was placed into service in India under a five-year drilling contract. The vessel is equipped to work in water depths of up to 12,000 ft and is outfitted to construct wells up to 35,000 ft deep. 

4/11/2011

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