Pride orders ultradeepwater drillship

Pride International Inc. has ordered a newbuild drillship with advanced and dual-activity capability for use in ultradeep water.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 11 -- Pride International Inc. has ordered a newbuild drillship with advanced and dual-activity capability for use in ultradeep water.

The $680 million drillship, to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (SHI) at its shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, will be capable of drilling to a TVD of 40,000 ft in as much as 12,000 ft of water. The rig initially will be equipped for drilling in 8,000 ft of water, Pride said.

The rig, yet to be named, is slated for delivery in third quarter 2010.

It will have an SHI-proprietary hull design measuring 750 ft long, 140 ft wide, with a variable deck load of 20,000 tonnes. It also will feature dynamic-positioning station-keeping with DPS-3 certification, expanded drilling fluids capacity, a 1,000-ton top drive, and living quarters for 200 crew.

The rig's dual-activity capabilities are designed to save time during well construction compared with conventional single-activity rigs, Pride said. The company has obtained a license from the patent holder to use the dual-activity technology.

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