On December 21, 2017, Transocean (RIG) announced that it had secured a 22-well contract for its harsh environment semisubmersible, the Transocean Spitsbergen, with Statoil. The contract is estimated to have a duration of 33 months. The contract also has a two-well option.
The estimated backlog for Transocean from this contract is $286 million. The contract is expected to commence in 3Q19.
In the previous week, Transocean began a voluntary exchange offer to acquire all shares in Songa Offshore. In August 2017, Transocean had reached an agreement to acquire 100% of Songa Offshore’s issued and outstanding shares. This acquisition will increase Transocean’s backlog by $4.1 billion to $14.3 billion.
- The combined company (Transocean and Songa Offshore) will operate a fleet of 51 offshore drilling units—30 ultra-deepwater floaters, 11 harsh-environment floaters, 3 deepwater floaters, and 7 midwater floaters. Along with this, Transocean has 4 ultra-deepwater drillships under construction.
- Rowan Companies (RDC) has a fleet of 26 offshore drilling rigs—22 jack-up rigs and 4 ultra-deepwater drillships.
- Noble Corporation (NE) operates a fleet of 28 offshore drilling units—14 drillships and semisubmersibles and 14 jack-ups.
- Ensco (ESV) and Atwood Oceanics’ combined company operates a fleet of 26 floaters and 37 jack-ups.