Transocean’s Discoverer Clear Leader drillship left South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in late March, bound for Singapore. It will then change crews in Durban, South Africa, before arriving in the US Gulf of Mexico in about 60 days. After mobilization and customer acceptance, the rig will commence its five-year contract with Chevron.
The sixth-generation Discoverer Clear Leader is designed to drill wells up to 40,000 ft deep in up to 12,000 ft of water. It is the first of Transocean’s 10 ultra-deepwater newbuild rigs to leave the shipyard, including five enhanced Enterprise-class newbuild drillships.