Diamond Offshore orders deepwater semi
Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. has entered a contract with Jurong Shipyard, Singapore, for construction of a moored semisubmersible rig able to drill in as much as 6,000 ft of water.
The rig, Ocean Apex, will have a variable deck load of 7,000 tons, a maximum hook-load capacity of 2 million lb, and a 15,000 psi, five-ram blowout preventer. It will have quarters capacity for 140 workers.
The Ocean Apex will use the hull from a Diamond Offshore cold-stacked unit. Its delivery is schedule for the second quarter of 2014.
Diamond Offshore estimates project cost, including commissioning, spares, and project management and excluding capitalized interest, at $370 million.