Aberdeen-based Dolphin Drilling Ltd, one of the oldest and largest independent drilling contracting companies in the North Sea, attended a naming ceremony recently to unveil the identity of a brand new state-of-the-art drillship to be operated by the company.
The ceremony for the 751 ft long ultra deepwater asset – now known as Bolette Dolphin – took place at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, where it is currently being built.
The drillship, designed for efficient deepwater drilling and completion activity, will start work for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation later this year and has been contracted for a four year international campaign.
Graeme Murray, Managing Director at Dolphin Drilling Ltd, who attended the ceremony with his colleagues, commented: “The naming ceremony of the Bolette Dolphin hails a key step in the company’s strategic development with a deep water focus, directly in line with industry demands as exploration and production continues to push to ever deeper depths. The ship marks a significant investment for the Group and will be one of the most advanced deepwater drillships in the market.
“Equipped to operate within 12,000ft of water, with a maximum drilling depth of 40,000ft, we are confident it will deliver favourable results for Anadarko and its major exploration campaign.
“The Bolette Dolphin will stand Dolphin Drilling in great stead helping ensure our long term future as we continue to drive forward our vision of being the preferred drilling contractor for the operation of mobile drilling units.”
Dolphin Drilling is one of the longest established names in offshore drilling, with experience of operating in most of the major offshore oil and gas provinces in the world.
Its reputation is built upon a common culture, robust management practises, a commitment to safety and efficient contract delivery. This expertise has developed from years of experience operating in some of the harshest offshore environments and learning and applying best practice from its drilling activities worldwide.