Transocean Deepwater Proteus Arrives to the Gulf
In 2012, Transocean was hired by Shell for 4 drillships for 10 years each. One of the drillships, the Deepwater Thalassa, started that contract a few months ago in February. Today, in an email to Offshore Energy Today, a spokesperson for Shell confirmed that the Transocean Deepwater Proteus, a newly built ultra-deepwater drillship, had arrived to the Gulf of Mexico. They went on to confirm that the ship would be working "in the near future." The ship has a dayrate of $519,000.
The two other drillships, the Deepwater Pontus and Deepwater Poseidon, will be delivered from a shipyard in South Korea, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), for an estimated start date in 2017's fourth quarter and 2018's first quarter. All four vessels will be able to operate in depths of up to 12,000 feet, drill wells to 40,000 feet, and are upgradeable for a 20,000 psi BOP system.
Shell's spokesperson also said the following:
“Starting in 2016, we had 13 deep water rigs in operation across the world with two contracts expiring this year. The new vessels—just like the majority of the other existing rigs—can be deployed throughout our worldwide deep-water portfolio which provides us with the flexibility we require.”