CATEGORIZED | News

Pride dedicates Deep Ocean Clarion drillship

Posted on 31 August 2010

Pride International's Deep Ocean Clarion.

Pride International's Deep Ocean Clarion.

Pride International, Inc. on 25 Aug dedicated the second of its four new deepwater drillships, the Deep Ocean Clarion at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The company expects to take delivery of the rig in September 2010. The rig will mobilize to the US Gulf of Mexico on a five-year contract with BP slated to being in the first quarter of 2011.

In the shipyard ceremony, Louis A Raspino, Pride International President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The addition of the Deep Ocean Clarion to our fleet further strengthens Pride’s presence in the deepwater. These drillships represent the best, most technologically advanced generation of rigs. The Deep Ocean Clarion, built by Samsung with an outstanding safety record, will be strategic to our client’s worldwide drilling needs.”

All of Pride’s new drillships have a significant complement of high specification equipment. The Clarion, fully capable of dual-drilling activity, can drill in water depths of to 12,000 ft. It is equipped with a 165-ton advanced heave compensated crane, advanced dynamic positioning systems, a 6,000-bbl active fluid storage and handling system, and significant storage and deck space.

The Clarion and its three sister ships in the new-build construction program are key to Pride’s commitment to expand its presence in the deepwater sector, the company said. Pride’s revenues from its floating rigs are expected to grow to more than 90% when these units are delivered and operating.

The next drillship to be delivered in the four-rig construction program is the Deep Ocean Mendocino, with an expected first quarter 2011 delivery, followed by the Deep Ocean Molokai in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 26 August 2014

    Aquaterra introduces new riser monitoring system

    Aquaterra Energy has launched a riser monitoring system (RMS) that uses a combination of direct riser strain measurement, subsea data logging and riser analysis processing...

  • 26 August 2014

    Asset Integrity: Communication, collaboration make the difference

    Predictive maintenance programs and process safety on drilling rigs are important elements of asset integrity. However, those protocols require collaboration, communication...

  • 22 August 2014

    Ryan Directional Services inks deal to deploy Alcoa pipe in North American shales

    Ryan Directional Services, a division of Nabors, has selected Alcoa’s FarReach alloy drill pipe for its onshore horizontal-drilling applications…

  • 18 August 2014

    Repsol runs BlueDock connectors in Trinidad and Tobago

    Repsol has recently run BlueDock connectors with elastomeric seals in Trinidad and Tobago. The operation took place in the Arima 2 well on a jackup platform...

  • 15 August 2014

    Joe Hurt to retire from IADC

    After more than 14 years with IADC and a career spanning 42 years, Joe Hurt, Vice President of IADC’s Onshore Division, will retire at the end of August. Mr Hurt began his career in 1974 with Noble Corp, working on land drilling rigs...

  • Read more news