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Pacific Drilling Extends Option for 8th Drillship

Pacific Drilling S.A.  has reached an agreement with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries to extend an option to construct an eighth ultra-deepwater drillship until January 18, 2013, on the same commercial terms, including delivery scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.

Pacific Drilling currently operates four recently delivered drillships under customer contract and has three drillships under construction at Samsung, two of which are under customer contract.

Pacific Drilling Extends Option for 8th Drillship| Offshore Energy Today.

Pacific Drilling Orders Kongsberg IMS System for its Drillship

Pacific Drilling Orders Kongsberg IMS System for its Drillship| Offshore Energy Today

Kongsberg Maritime will deliver a sophisticated new Information Management System (IMS) as part of a ‘Full Picture’ Integrated Automation System (IAS) delivery to the Pacific Drilling owned Samsung 12000 design dynamically-positioned drillship, Pacific Santa Ana.

The IMS, which will be shown on the Kongsberg Maritime stand at ONS is a new development, which uniquely, facilitates consolidation of all control system data into a single, role-based secure web-portal. In practice, the IMS enables enhanced information sharing and better insight into operations for offshore and shore-based teams. This will result in improved decision support and safety of operations in addition to better troubleshooting of systems on board, maintenance planning and a reduced need for service personnel aboard service vessels.

Based on a suite of integrated applications offering improved information management and sharing possibilities, the new Kongsberg Maritime IMS is a modular system with a highly scalable infrastructure, enabling it to be deployed to very specific operational requirements. The Pacific Santa Ana delivery features a datalogger covering all datasources on board the drilling rig and replication of data to an onshore fleet database.

All data can be accessed in a role based web portal for offshore and onshore users. The core application is the user-defined dashboard in the web portal, which allows users in different roles to customise their views according to their specific needs and job roles. Uses for this application range include domain-specific information views and management fleet KPI views.

The new Kongsberg maritime IMS will join the already installed Kongsberg Maritime K-Pos Dynamic Positioning, K-Chief 700 automation, K-Safe safety system and K-Thrust thruster control already installed. The Pacific Santa Ana commenced drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in Spring 2012 under a 5 year contract with a Chevron subsidiary. The IMS project started at the beginning of April 2012 with a Factory Acceptance Test at Kongsberg Maritime in June. The Customer Acceptance Test is at the end of August. The system is expected to be fully operational during September 2012.
Press Release, August 28, 2012

Pacific Drilling Orders Kongsberg IMS System for its Drillship| Offshore Energy Today.

Pacific Drilling Receives LoA for Pacific Sharav Drillship

Pacific Drilling Receives LoA for Pacific Sharav Drillship| Offshore Energy Today

Pacific Drilling S.A., a fast growing company dedicated to becoming the preferred ultra-deepwater drilling contractor, has received a letter of award for the Pacific Sharav drillship, revealed the company’s CEO Chris Becket.

CEO Chris Beckett commented on the increasing demand for ultra-deepwater units: “During the early part of 2012, demand for ultra-deepwater drillships continued to strengthen, as demonstrated by the acceleration in multi-year inquiries and contract awards with increasingly higher dayrates. We expect to see market demand exceed supply well into 2014.”

He added: “In this favorable market context, the Pacific Sharav received a letter of award from a major oil company for a long term commitment. We expect to provide more details on this commitment in the coming weeks. These positive market dynamics supported our decision to order a seventh drillship, scheduled for delivery in May 2014.”

Construction of the Pacific Sharav started in March 2012 at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. Delivery of the rig is expected in September 2013. The vessel, of Samsung 12000 design, will be capable of operating in 12,000 ft water depth and equipped for 40,000 ft drilling depth. The ship will be able to accommodate a crew of 200.

Pacific Drilling’s fleet of seven ultra-deepwater drillships will, once completed, represent one of the youngest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world. The company currently operates four recently delivered drillships and has two additional drillships under construction and one on order at Samsung.

During the first quarter of 2012, the company invested $102 million in the construction of the fleet, including the initial payment for its seventh drillship.

“We estimate the remaining capital expenditures for our committed drillships at $1.6 billion,” read the company’s statement.

Source: Pacific Drilling Receives LoA for Pacific Sharav Drillship| Offshore Energy Today.

Pacific Drilling – Operations (video)

Building Our Fleet

In 2008, Pacific Drilling initiated construction of our first four drillships – Pacific Bora, Pacific Scirocco, Pacific Mistral and Pacific Santa Ana. We successfully contracted each of these rigs to international major and national oil companies.

Four rigs are in service, and two additional drillships, Pacific Khamsin and Pacific Sharav, are under construction at  Samsung Heavy Industries for delivery in 2013.  A seventh drillship is on order at Samsung for delivery in May 2014.

In Fall 2011, we commenced construction of Pacific Khamsin and Pacific Sharav. Like Pacific Santa Ana, each of these rigs are equipped with latest generation specifications and will be dual-gradient drilling capable.

Pacific Drilling – Operations.

Pacific Santa Ana Drillship Arrives in U.S. Gulf of Mexico to Work for Chevron

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Chevron Corporation  announced that the Pacific Santa Ana, a deepwater drillship built to Chevron’s specifications, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work for Chevron under a five-year contract. Pacific Santa Ana is the first drillship designed with the capacity to perform dual gradient drilling (DGD).

“Pacific Santa Ana will enable us to demonstrate dual gradient drilling, which has the potential to change the way deepwater wells are drilled,” said George Kirkland, vice chairman, Chevron Corporation. “This new process builds on our record of technology leadership in deepwater.”

The drillship, build by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industroes, is an upgraded Dual Activity Samsung 12000 design dynamically-positioned drillship capable of operating in moderate environments and water depths up to 3,657 m (12,000 ft) using 18¾” BOP and 21” OD FT-DGD drilling riser and equipped for single and/or Dual Gradient Drilling (DGD)

“The addition of Pacific Santa Ana as Chevron’s fifth drillship in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico demonstrates our long-term commitment to developing America’s energy resources,” said Gary Luquette, president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. “We are bullish on the Gulf, where robust energy exploration and development is vital to our nation’s economy and energy security.”

Unlike conventional deepwater drilling, which uses a single drilling fluid weight in the borehole, dual gradient drilling employs two weights of drilling fluid – one above the seabed, another below. This allows drillers to more closely match the pressures presented by nature and effectively eliminates water depth as a consideration in well design. DGD also allows drillers to more quickly detect and appropriately react to downhole pressure changes, which can enhance the safety and efficiency of deepwater drilling operations.

Pacific Santa Ana is equipped with a DGD riser, a mud lift pump handling system, six mud pumps – three for drilling fluid and three for seawater – extensive fluid management system enhancements and more than 72,000 feet of DGD-related cables. After additional equipment is installed and tested, Pacific Santa Ana will be used for exploratory and development drilling in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

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