USA: Vantage Drilling Company Announces Delivery and Sailing of Platinum Explorer Drillship



Vantage Drilling Company announces that it has taken delivery of the ultra-deepwater drillship, the Platinum Explorer, from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. in South Korea.

The vessel has set sail from the shipyard in transit to India to commence a five year contract with Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited.

Paul Bragg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vantage, commented, “We have taken delivery of Platinum Explorer on time and budget, and have begun the maiden voyage to India to commence the contract there, starting around yearend. This is a huge milestone for Vantage, as we have now completed construction of the fleet orders that we acquired two years ago. Our jackups have enjoyed full utilization and high operating efficiency since commencement of operations. We are well prepared to start work with Platinum Explorer, and having her in service will result in more than doubling of our ongoing rig cashflows.”

Vantage, a Cayman Islands exempted company, is an offshore drilling contractor, with an owned fleet of four Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 ultra-premium jackup drilling rigs and one ultra-deepwater drillship, the Platinum Explorer. Vantage’s primary business is to contract drilling units, related equipment and work crews primarily on a dayrate basis to drill oil and natural gas wells. Vantage also provides construction supervision services for, and will operate and manage, drilling units owned by others. Through its fleet of nine owned and managed drilling units, Vantage is a provider of offshore contract drilling services globally to major, national and large independent oil and natural gas companies.

Source: Vantage Drilling, November 17, 2010:

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