STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland, March 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) today announced contract awards for two of its harsh environment semisubmersibles. Together, the fixtures represent approximately $382 million in firm contract backlog.
Transocean Enabler will provide drilling services for 19 firm wells and up to eight optional wells for Equinor on the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea. The estimated 570-day contract is expected to commence in April 2024 and contribute approximately $217 million in backlog, excluding additional services and potential performance bonuses.
Transocean Encourage will provide drilling services for nine firm wells for Equinor in the Norwegian North Sea. The contract is expected to commence in December 2023 in direct continuation of the rig’s current program. The estimated 460-day contract is expected to contribute approximately $165 million in backlog, excluding additional services and potential performance bonuses.
As part of the Enabler and Encourage contracts, each rig will receive customer-paid upgrades to digital management systems, robotics, and operational automation. These upgrades are expected to further reduce emissions from the rig and enhance personnel safety. Transocean and Equinor have also entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to explore future opportunities in areas such as technology development, operational efficiency, and environmental sustainability.
"We are pleased to secure these new contracts and to further strengthen our relationship with Equinor," said Jeremy Thigpen, Transocean’s Chief Executive Officer. "These contracts and our strategic collaboration agreement demonstrate our long-term commitment to working together to provide innovative solutions that deliver value to both our companies."
Transocean is a leading international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. Transocean specializes in technically demanding sectors of the global offshore drilling business with a particular focus on deepwater and harsh environment drilling services and operates the highest specification floating offshore drilling fleet in the world.
Transocean owns or has partial ownership interests in and operates a fleet of 37 mobile offshore drilling units, consisting of 27 ultra-deepwater floaters and 10 harsh environment floaters. In addition, Transocean is constructing one ultra-deepwater drillship and holds a noncontrolling ownership interest in a company that is constructing another ultra-deepwater drillship.
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