Seadrill takes delivery of deepwater drilling rig West Orion

Seadrill Management, an international offshore drilling contractor, has taken delivery of the new deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig West Orion from the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore.

The unit was delivered on budget and 10 days ahead of original delivery schedule. The drilling rig will leave Singapore, en route to its first six-year drilling assignment for Petrobras offshore Brazil. Commencement of operations is expected at the end of July 2010, the company said.

West Orion is a sixth generation, high specification, ultra-deepwater, semi-submersible drilling unit. The rig has a high load carrying capacity, a drilling floor layout with improved safety and working environment measures. West Orion is designed with a dynamic positioning system and a water depth capacity up to 3,000m, the company added.

Alf Thorkildsen, CEO of Seadrill, said: “We are pleased to report the third consecutive on-time, on-budget delivery of a semi-submersible drilling rig to Seadrill from the Jurong shipyard. This is the third deepwater newbuild delivered to Seadrill that starts a long-term contract with Petrobras.”

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