Transocean puts off deliveries of two new drillships

Transocean, an offshore drilling contractor, has agreed with Shell and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) to delay the operating and delivery contracts of two newbuild drillships.

The Deepwater Pontus and the Deepwater Poseidon ultra-deepwater drillships will be delayed by 12 months each.

According to Transocean, the delay has no impact on the duration or dayrate of the original 10-year operating contracts for each of the two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships. Parties will be compensated for the postponement. The specific terms were not disclosed.

The delivery and operating agreements for Shell’s two other contracted Transocean newbuild, ultra-deepwater drillships, the Deepwater Thalassa and Deepwater Proteus, are not impacted by this agreement, Transocean said.

“We are pleased that the strength of our relationships with both Shell and DSME has enabled us to reach this mutual agreement,” said Transocean President and Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Thigpen.

“We are excited by the progress that we have jointly made with Shell on all four high-specification, ultra-deepwater drillships, including the Deepwater Thalassa, which was delivered this September, and the Deepwater Proteus, which is scheduled for delivery this December.”

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