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 This illustration shows Seadrill’s West Hercules drillship, whose first assignment will be offshore China for Husky Oil China.

Seadrill has taken delivery of the deepwater rig West Hercules from the DSME shipyard in South Korea, and the West Polaris drillship has begun operations for ExxonMobil in Brazil.

West Hercules has a three-year contract with Husky Oil China for operations offshore China. The unit will proceed for mobilization, and commencement of operations is expected by early November.

West Hercules delivered; West Polaris begins operations offshore Brazil

West Hercules is a sixth-generation, high-specification semisubmersible and one of the largest drilling units in Seadrill’s fleet. It has a high load carrying capacity, an efficient drilling floor layout with improved safety and working environment measures. West Hercules can run parallel drilling operations and is designed with a dynamic positioning system and a water depth capacity up to 3,000 m.

The West Polaris, which was delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea mid-July this year, arrived offshore Brazil at the end of September and has been loading relevant equipment and preparing for operations. West Polaris has a four-year contract with ExxonMobil for worldwide exploration activities.

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