Newbuild News


The DDKG1 commenced operations on Aug. 10, 2009.

DDKG1 and DCL Begin 5-Year Contracts in August
Newbuild drillships Dhirhubai Deepwater KG-1 and the Discoverer Clear Leader, working on opposite sides of the world, each commenced operations the week of August 10.

Steven Newman (center, red coveralls), President and COO, and Rob Saltiel (far right), Executive VP of Performance, visited the DCL in July to congratulate the crews on a job well done prior to the rig commencing operations on Aug. 13, 2009. They were joined by executives from client Chevron.

The DDKG1, working offshore India under a five-year drilling contract with Reliance Industries Limited, is the first of two ultra-deepwater newbuild drillships owned by a joint venture with Pacific Drilling Limited. The company currently expects that Reliance will sublet the rig for the first four years of the contract to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, and that Reliance will operate the rig for the fifth year of the contract. View a gallery of the rig here.

Read more about the Discoverer Clear Leader, Transocean’s first enhanced Enterprise-class drillship here.

Discoverer Inspiration Naming Ceremony


Another formal “naming ceremony” took place in Okpo, Korea, on July 20, this time to celebrate the completion of the construction process on drillship Discoverer Inspiration, Transocean’s third of five enhanced Enterprise-class newbuilds being built at DSME shipyard.

View a gallery of the naming ceremony here.

Discoverer India Keel Laying Ceremony
The Discoverer India project team celebrated the second major drillship construction milestone, keel laying, in Okpo, Korea, on June 22, 2009.


Deepwater Champion Team Celebrates Keel Laying
Project teams in Ulsan, Korea, have been hard at work since cutting first steel on the drillship Deepwater Champion in January. They celebrated their second major construction milestone, the keel laying, on June 22 – a week ahead of schedule. Launching is scheduled for mid-November, with derrick setting at the end of December. Delivery is expected during the latter part of 2010, and following commissioning and sea trials, the rig is expected to commence work for client ExxonMobil. Pictured is the Transocean DWC team in front of the aft lower pump room (about 400 tons). The clenched fists signify shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industry’s rally cry to “fight for safety,” said Jim Thibodeaux, Director, Newbuilds. Keep checking back here for photos from the ceremony


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