ZUG, Switzerland – Nobel Corp. has exercised the first of two options with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. for construction of an ultra-deepwater drillship. Contract signing is expected within days.
The $615-million vessel will be based on a Hyundai Gusto P10000 hull designed for operations in waters of up to 12,000 ft. (~3,660 m), although it may be outfitted for less depending on specific contract requirements. The unit will have DP-3 station keeping, the ability to handle two complete BOP systems, a heave compensated construction crane, and accommodations for up to 210 personnel, in addition to a number of other operational enhancements.
Delivery is scheduled for 2Q 2014. Nobel has until Aug. 31 of this year to exercise its one remaining drillship construction option with HHI.
Nobel exercises option for newbuild drillship