Ensco takes delivery of semisub ENSCO 8502

A subsidiary of Ensco International has taken delivery of ENSCO 8502, the third of the company's seven ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rigs being constructed by Keppel FELS in Singapore.

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LONDON -- A subsidiary of Ensco International has taken delivery of ENSCO 8502, the third of the company's seven ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rigs being constructed by Keppel FELS in Singapore.

After mobilizing to the US Gulf of Mexico to complete deepwater sea trials and final outfitting, the rig will begin a two-year drilling contract with a subsidiary of Nexen. Drilling operations are scheduled to start in the second quarter.

The vessel has a 35,000-ft (10,668-m) nominal rated drilling depth, 2 million pounds of hoisting capacity, 8,000 tons (7,257 metric tons) of variable deck load, and an open layout suited for subsea completion activities. The 8500 Series may be modified to drill and complete wells in water depths up to 10,000 ft (3,048 m).

01/19/2010

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