STAVANGER, Norway -- Aker Drilling Offshore Services has awarded DSME a turnkey EPC contract for two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships.
The vessels are due to be delivered in October and December 2013, at a cost of $600 million each. This includes project management, loose drilling equipment, spares, and operations preparations.
In addition, the contract carries two fixed-price options for a further two drillships to be declared in June and October 2011.
According to Aker, the DP vessels will be the largest ultra-deepwater units built to date, with a dual derrick for parallel operations.
They will be capable of drilling in water depths down to 12,000 ft (3,657 m), and to maximum depths of 40,000 ft (12,192 m). Both are designed for worldwide operations, but in particular the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, West Africa, India, and the Far East.