Project-management techniques improve dual-activity drillship operations

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc.'s Discoverer Deep Seas will utilize modern project-management techniques to shorten cycle time and improve workflow procedures. The Discoverer Deep Seas, expected to begin work in the Gulf of Mexico fourth quarter 2000, holds a 5-year contract with Chevron Inc. at an estimated dayrate of $205,000. After this vessel, only one drillship remains in the 3-year old drillship construction cycle (Fig. 1). Photo courtesy of Transocean Sedco Forex Inc.Click here to enlarge imageThis ultradeepwater vessel (Figs. 1 and 2), which uses a dual-activity design pioneered by the Discoverer Enterprise (OGJ, May 26, 1997, p. 69), will be delivered late in the fourth quarter ...

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