Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN), the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, announced their monthly fleet update summary today with a significant amount of good news including 3 new contracts and significant positive changes to existing contracts.
In the past month, Transocean reports backlog associated with new contracts or extensions has increased by approximately $2.5 billion and planned 2012 out of service time decreased by a net 19 days.
The Gulf of Mexico-located ultra deepwater semi-submersible was awarded a five-year contract extension by Shell at a dayrate of $525,000 ($958 million contract backlog). The rig’s prior three-year contract dayrate was $551,000.
Working offshore Nigeria for Shell, this deepwater semisubmersible was awarded a three-year contract extension at a dayrate of $461,000 ($505 million contract backlog). The rig’s prior dayrate was $357,000.
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BP exercised an option at a dayrate of $345,000 and signed a follow-on 545-day contract for work in the U.K. sector of the North Sea at a dayrate of $440,000 ($281 million combined contract backlog).
Awarded a two-year contract for work in the U.K. sector of the North Sea at a dayrate of $355,000 ($259 million contract backlog). The rig’s prior dayrate was $280,000.
Awarded a two-year contract extension for work in the U.K. sector of the North Sea at a dayrate of $350,000 ($256 million contract backlog). The rig’s prior dayrate was $275,000.
Awarded a two-year contract for work offshore Angola at a dayrate of $116,000 ($85 million contract backlog). The rig’s prior dayrate was $102,000.
Effective May 31, 2012, the company owns 100 percent of the Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 and Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2. Previously, the rigs were owned by a joint venture in which the company owned a 50 percent interest.
Transocean also announced the sale of the GSF Adriatic II. The details of the transaction have not been disclosed.
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