Newbuild News


The Discoverer Inspiration

Discoverer Inspiration to Begin Five-Year Drilling Contract
The year 2010 got off to a great start on the newbuild rig front with two more ultra-deepwater drillships moving closer to completion and operations.

The Discoverer Inspiration arrived in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on January 14 and at press time was making final preparations to begin a five-year drilling contract with Chevron. The Inspiration is the third in a procession of five enhanced Enterprise-class drillships and she is designed to operate in water depths up to 12,000 feet and construct wells as deep as 40,000 feet. The Inspiration is contracted to Chevron to operate in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, as is the first enhanced Enterprise-class drillship, the Discoverer Clear Leader, which began its drilling contract last August.

Meanwhile, the fourth enhanced Enterprise-class drillship, Discoverer Luanda has completed quayside construction at the DSME shipyard at Okpo, South Korea and is currently on sea trials. Designed to work in water depths of up to 7,500 feet and drill wells up to 40,000 feet, the rig has a seven-year contract with BP. Operations in Angola are expected to commence in the third quarter.


The Discoverer Luanda departed DSME shipyard to begin sea trials on Jan. 6, 2010.


Copyright © 2010 Transocean LTD.