Newbuild Rig Transocean Norge Lands Six-Well Contract from Equinor with Options

Norwegian energy giant Equinor announced today it has awarded Transocean a six-well contract on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) for the newbuild harsh environment drilling rig Transocean Norge. Drilling start-up is scheduled for the summer of 2019 upon delivery of the rig.  The contract also includes options for drilling four additional wells and "is intended … [Read more...]

Transocean May Reactivate 3 Rigs A Year As Recovery Takes Hold

by David Wethe (Bloomberg) -- Transocean, the world’s biggest offshore oil driller, may reactivate two to three mothballed rigs a year as the industry embarks on a full-fledged recovery for deepwater exploration. In announcing a $2.7 billion deal for a rival operator, Transocean Ltd. cited a forecast by energy consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd. that day-rates in … [Read more...]

Transocean to Acquire Ocean Rig in $2.9 Billion Deal

By Will Wade and Simon Casey (Bloomberg) -- Transocean Ltd., the world’s largest offshore drilling company, agreed to buy a smaller rival in a $2.9 billion deal, with rates for deepwater rigs forecast to double in two years. The cash-and-stock acquisition of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. will give Transocean a fleet of nine ultra-deepwater drillships and two harsh environment … [Read more...]

Offshore Oil Recovery Beginning in World’s Harshest Environments

By David Wethe (Bloomberg) -- Explorers are once again testing the waters in their search for oil, according to Transocean Ltd., the world’s biggest offshore rig contractor by market value. Drillers worldwide are forecast to boost new commitments for all types of offshore work by 140 percent this year, Jeremy Thigpen, Transocean’s Chief Executive officer told … [Read more...]