Sponsor Anuradha Prasad, wife of Reliance CEO P.M.S. Prasad (see page 4), cut the ceremonial rope at the naming ceremony of the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 on February 23, releasing banners, balloons, confetti and fireworks that marked the end of the ship’s construction and the beginning of a process to complete system integration tests and mobilization to its first drilling location for Reliance Industries offshore eastern India in the Krishna Godavari basin. At the event, Transocean CEO Bob Long highlighted the importance of the company’s long-term relationships with client Reliance and DDKG1 shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, and recognized SHI’s on-time, incident-free performance. Click to view more photos from the event.
A message from CEO Bob Long
Nigeria in Focus
Loving the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon
Development Driller III at KeppelFELS shipyard in Singapore, February 2009
Three More Newbuilds Mark Construction Completion in Asia
Three formal “naming ceremonies” for the drillship Discoverer Americas, semisubmersible Development Driller III and the drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 were held in February at shipyards in Korea and Singapore. Transocean management and project teams joined shipbuilders, clients, vendors and other guests to celebrate the occasions and look on as each event’s sponsor blessed the ships.
Discoverer Americas –
Okpo, South Korea
Development Driller III –
Sponsor Birthe Haldorsen Gronas, wife of StatoilHydro Drilling Superintendent Tore Gronas, did the honors to formally name the Discoverer Americas at DSME’s shipyard in Okpo, South Korea on February 2. The rig will go to work for client StatoilHydro in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico following systems integration, sea trials, mobilization to the Gulf and client acceptance. Guests at the event in Korea enjoyed the naming event at DSME followed by a luncheon, and a dinner hosted by Transocean in Busan. Click to view more photos from the event.
Sponsor Lyn Thierens, wife of BP’s Gulf of Mexico Drilling & Completions Wells Director Harry Thierens, was greeted by a Chinese New Year-themed lion dance at KeppelFELS shipyard in Singapore to kick off the formal naming ceremony of the Development Driller III on February 7. Following sea trials, mobilization and customer acceptance, the rig is contracted to work for BP in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. EVP of Performance Rob Saltiel congratulated everyone involved in this achievement. Click to view more photos from the event.
Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 –
Geoje, South Korea
Gulf of Guinea Division Gives Back
NIGERIA IN FOCUS
2009 FIRST Excellence Awards