Vantage-invested JV to build ultra-deepwater drillship at STX

Posted on 29 November 2012

Vantage Drilling Company has entered into a joint venture with an affiliate of Skeie Group and other investors to construct a high-specification drillship at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding yard in South Korea. Vantage has invested US$31 million in the joint venture entity, Sigma Drilling, and will initially own approximately 42% of the equity in Sigma. Sigma was formed to construct a BT-UDS dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillship that will be capable of operating in 12,000-ft water depths, have a 25,000-metric ton variable deck load, a dual-activity derrick, two seven-ram blowout preventer units and be capable of storing up to 12 subsea Christmas trees. Delivery of the vessel is expected in November 2015.

“We view this high-spec drillship construction project as an excellent opportunity for Vantage to further grow our presence in the expanding ultra-deepwater drilling market, with only a small capital commitment,” Paul Bragg, chairman and CEO of Vantage Drilling, said. “Our partners have been some of the most innovative and successful in this industry. STX and our major equipment providers have excellent track records and technical expertise. We believe that the construction contract provides exceptional value, attractive terms and the high end of available technology.”

In conjunction with the investment, Vantage and Sigma are entering into a project management agreement where Vantage will provide construction oversight of the vessel, a marketing agreement, and a management agreement where Vantage will manage the future operation of drilling services.

 

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 21 November 2014

    Statoil cancels Stena Carron rig contract offshore Angola

    Statoil has decided to cancel the Stena Carron rig contract after fulfilling the work commitments in the Statoil-operated blocks 38 and 39 in the Kwanza basin offshore Angola...

  • 19 November 2014

    Stepwise approach guides Statoil’s North American onshore path

    When Statoil entered the North American onshore industry in 2008, it was a non-operator in a joint venture (JV) with Chesapeake in one shale play. Since then, Norwegian-based…

  • 18 November 2014

    Stilley: Despite challenging outlook, opportunities are plenty in the long term

    Opportunities abound for the drilling industry even in an environment of high costs and falling oil prices, Randall D. Stilley, President & CEO of Paragon Offshore, said...

  • 18 November 2014

    In well control, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

    It has been more than four years since Macondo, and the long-term effects of the oil spill are still being determined. “Oil is a natural substance that can be degraded...

  • 18 November 2014

    Plaisance: Well Control Institute evaluating priority topics

    The Well Control Institute (WCI) Board of Directors convened on 11 November in New Orleans. Moe Plaisance, who recently retired from Diamond Offshore Drilling, has...

  • Read more news