Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) has taken delivery of ultra-deepwater semisubmersible ENSCO 8504, the fifth of the seven ENSCO 8500 Series rigs constructed by Keppel FELS Limited in Singapore. After mobilizing to Brunei to complete deepwater sea trials and final outfitting, ENSCO 8504 will commence a drilling contract with Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo B.V.
“Brunei is an emerging deepwater basin, and we look forward to entering this market and expanding our relationship with Total,” said Dan Rabun, chairman, president and CEO of Ensco.
The proprietary design of the ENSCO 8500 Series was developed with extensive input from customers to address the drilling requirements for virtually every deepwater field around the world. The design includes a 35,000-foot nominal rated drilling depth, two million pounds of hoisting capacity, 8,000 tons of variable deck load and an open layout well suited for subsea completion activities. Improved visibility from the open deck configuration also enhances safety.
The uniform design of the ENSCO 8500 Series streamlines operational functionality, repairs, training, spare part requirements and maintenance, while also providing flexibility for customer specific enhancements. In particular, the 8500 Series may be modified to drill and complete wells in water depths up to 10,000 feet.
Two additional ENSCO 8500 Series rigs are under construction with deliveries scheduled for the first and second half of next year. Ensco has the world’s newest ultra-deepwater drilling fleet comprised of drillships and semisubmersibles that operate in multiple markets around the globe, including Brazil, West Africa, U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean and Asia.
Keppel FELS delivers newbuild Ensco 8504 ultra-deepwater semisub